DESERT PASSAGE, CANOPY DREAMS

Submitted by Barbara Grygutis

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Client: Maricopa Community College Art in Public Places

Location: Chandler, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2009

Artwork budget: $650,000

Project Team

Artist

Barbara Grygutis

Barbara Grygutis Sculpture LLC

Industry Resource

Paragon Engineering

Paragon Engineering

Overview

An elevated, sculptural pedestrian bridge connects the new Ironwood Hall with an existing building on the Chandler Gilbert Community College Pecos Campus. Materials: painted steel, laser cut aluminum, integrated designed light. Dimensions: 25’ x 200’ x 10’

Goals

This functional, curvilinear, elevated pathway meanders 200’ through a grove of Ironwood trees and highlights the natural beauty of the Ironwood leaf. In addition to the functionality of the pedestrian passage, Grygutis' goal was to incorporate the natural environment into the overall design. The artist-designed laser cut pattern of the hoops builds upon the natural shade patterns created by the native Ironwood trees abundant on campus. The shade hoops then work in concert with natural daylight and integrated, designed lighting to create dramatic shade patterns day and night.

Process

I collaborated with architecture firm Architekton (Tempe, AZ) to create an integrated and site-specific work of public art to connect the new Ironwood Hall to an existing campus building. It was crucial to work closely with the architects to ensure that the overall artwork and flow of the bridge fit seamlessly with the new construction while remaining functional. The resulting 200' pedestrian bridge creates a poignant, distinctive sculptural experience in excellent balance with the new hall and existing campus structures.