Extracting Shadows - Pinnacle Peak Water Reservoir

Artist Team: Heidi Dauphin and Nina Solomon

Dates: 2009 -2014
Scale: H 8’ x L 1116’ x W 1’
Materials: Poured in place concrete wall with form liners, Metal details
Project Budget: $750,000
Location: Pinnacle Peak Rd & 56th St., Phoenix, AZ

The project consists of nature inspired silhouettes applied to the front face of the 8’ security walls surrounding the Pinnacle Peak Water Reservoir in north Phoenix. By sorting, extracting, editing, and choosing from desert plant shadows, we developed simple, natural graphics to apply to the reservoir wall. An extremely long wall is softened with natural imagery in silhouette form, contrasting these patterns with repeated panels of rusted metal for textural variety. Shadows patterns of desert plants and trees seem to fall across the wall, but are in fact embedded into the design of the wall through the use of form liners. The large shadow images are viewed from the street 50-90 feet away. There are two gates on the property created with the same imagery laser cut from rusted metal panels. 

We worked in collaboration with the City of Phoenix, Wilson Engineers, Felix Construction Company, and C.F. Shuler on design and construction. David E. Highfield, from Wilson Engineers took many of these photos.
 
This project won the 2015 AZ Water Association Award for “Water System Project of the Year”. It also won a 2015 Award of Merit from Arizona Forward for the “Art in Public Places” category.


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Extracting Shadows 
2009
shadow photos &
drawings from proposal




Extracting Shadows 
2014
construction site
8ft. square rubber formliners



Extracting Shadows 
2014
finished view

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detail of two shadow patterns


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corner view


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side view

Extracting Shadows
detail of tree shadow patterns


Extracting Shadows
gate


Extracting Shadows
artists’ sign & detail of textures
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