A PATH FOR WATER

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Client: City of Phoenix

Location: Phoenix, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team

Artist

Barbara Grygutis

Barbara Grygutis Sculpture LLC

Client

City of Phoenix

City of Phoenix

Landscape Architect

DIG Studio

DIG Studio

Overview

6th Street and Butler Drive neighborhood pocket park, Phoenix, Arizona. 2019.
Stainless steel, integrated lighting; 25’ H x 8’ D
Commissioned by the City of Phoenix.
The hollow cutout pattern of the conic sculpture is inspired by the shadow patterns of native plant life. The sculptural environment also includes a meandering artist-designed A seemingly fluid ribbon of steel then swirls around the column and extends into the air representing a winding flow of water in combination with illuminated blue LED light in the evening.

Goals

The goal of this project was to update a once neglected lot used for city water utility structures to an engaging, distinctive and welcoming marker for the neighborhood. The artist designed utility screening fence, pathway, and iconic sculpture work in harmony to further the concept of a most critical resource in the deserts of the southwest-- water. The meandering pathway is accessible both day and night and encourages thoughtfulness and a slower pace.