Photomontage of ARIZONA!


The Concept

ARIZONA!  was selected for the 2018 Canal Convergence in Scottsdale, Arizona.

ARIZONA! is an abstraction of the wind and waters of Arizona.

The movement of the wind and water through time has carved out a giant land art, the state of Arizona.  No other place has such breathtaking and overwhelming natural beauty that continues to evolve. The project aims to capture this dynamic  fluidity and continuity at a monumental scale, expressing the forces of creation as an underlying power of this place, a majestic artwork in itself, Arizona.

Photo Credit: Choi+Shine Architects ©2017

Photomontage of ARIZONA!

ARIZONA! has an intimate connection to water.   The lack of water only increases the visibility of water’s immense power.   The invention of canal system, a great human intervention to create a livable space, celebrates water as a source of life and our conquest over nature.   ARIZONA! interacts with the canal, while integrating the land and people around it, lifting them all as the wind.

ARIZONA! consists of a translucent band of illuminated lace that seemingly begins and ends, takes off and lands while the lace’s shadows and reflections repeats this meandering movement in reverse, completing the loop into infinity.

Site Plan of ARIZONA!

Interaction with the city, people and nature

ARIZONA! creates a sense of place with an intricate and calm yet powerful elements of nature. The mysteriously glowing ribbon of lace intertwining with the canal in the heart of city creates a site specific sculpture that is unique to Scottsdale. The lace symbolically weaves different people and cultures, while physically, the openings in the surface create patterns of light against the sky, water and city, a juxtaposition of a permeable surface on different visual layers.

Generally, lace is small in scale, and often private, used as an embellishment for a special celebration. Shown in a large scale in a public place, this lace creates a sense of surprise which contributes to the memory of the space. 

The softly glowing, hovering lace ribbons create visual poetry celebrating the triumphant Arizona Canal which led to the creation of many communities including Scottsdale.

Photomontage of ARIZONA!

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