Barrel Cactus - CODAworx

Client: Peoria Arts Commission

Location: Peoria, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $140,000

Project Team

Lead Artist

Gordon Huether

Gordon Huether & Partners, Inc.


Peoria Arts Commission


Made of stainless steel and dichroic glass, these 3 sculptures range in size: 4’H x 4’D, 6’H x 6’D, and 10’H x 10’D. The 3 Echinocactus shapes that make up Barrel Cactus are 10ft tall, 6ft tall, and 4 ft tall, each with a polished stainless steel pipe in the center from which six fins of colorful dichroic glass project. Each dichroic glass fin is curved, creating negative spaces within the structural forms of each sculpture, allowing for views both through and around the objects.


The site, visible from a highly-trafficked highway in Peoria, AZ, required an installation that would be visible from a distance and from all corners, as well as viewable in both the daytime and at night. Huether’s design, titled Barrel Cactus, meets these requirements and compliments the environment by resembling the barrel cacti that are found in the southwestern United States.