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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