​​​​​​​Water Main Hatchcovers

 

 

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ARTIST:   Michael Maglich
DATE:   1994
LOCATION:  Throughout Downtown Phoenix
TYPE:   Streetscape
MATERIALS:   Metal
BUDGET:   $74,500
DISTRICT:   8
ZIP CODE:   ​85003; 85004​​​


​​Arizona artist Michael Maglich was recommended by the Phoenix Arts Commission in 1992 to design three sizes of water valve and meter box covers.

The project was designed specifically to encourage people to notice the invisible water distribution system which flows beneath our streets and sidewalks.  The artist-designed covers are meant to be small but eye-catching discoveries that are fully functional and well integrated into the water distribution system.  The artist has used images of water hoses and plumbing hardware in the design of the hatchcovers.