Leaves Water Feature

Submitted by Matthew Placzek

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Client: Private

Location: Omaha, NE, United States

Completion date: 2007

Project Team

Landscape Architect

Lanoha Landscaping

Lanoha Landscaping

Artist

Matthew Placzek

Placzek Studios

Overview

The movement and sophistication of the water feature “Leaves” creates an environment that arouses the senses. The 50-foot-long sculpture was created to allow water to flow in and among the aluminum – colored shapes. This installation is 15 feet tall by 50 feet wide, and is incorporated into the overall landscape design.

Goals

The goal for this installation is to create a serene and calming environment. I wanted to being in elements of nature, in an abstract way. Each piece of aluminum is sculpted into a shape that is indicative of a leaf. It was important to me to create each shape as a unique and individual part, and bend each one to create dimension throughout the piece.

Process

I worked with the landscape architect to create a concept that brought together art and nature. It was important to me to incorporate water into this feature, because water has a calming presence, and I wanted to integrate that peacefulness into the sculpture. Each leaf was sculpted to a unique shape, and was hand-painted with a weather resistant paint.