​​​​​​​​​​​Highline Canal

​​​The Zanjero's Line (overseer of the mother ditch)

 

 

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​ARTIST:             Harries/Heder
LANDSCAPE
​ARCHITECTS:  Ten Eyck

DATE:                  2010
LOCATION:       Highline Canal 40th Street to 12th street
TYPE:                  Trail, Canal
MATERIALS:     Landscape, stone, steel
BUDGET:           $1.5M
ZIP CODE:         85042
DISTRICT:           8


The project recognizes the canal's unique function and history as a waterway and trail. Once an essential artery feeding the area's citrus and flower fields, it now traverses neighborhoods where homes stand in place of farms.  The public art enhancements along the Highline have improved the comfort and safety of residents who use the trail every day to walk, run and ride their bicycles or horses, while strengthening its connections to trails citywide.

The enhancements include a repaved path and new trail heads that announce the presence of the Highline Canal at key intersections along the trail's stretch, from its entrance at Baseline Rd. and 40th Street to Circle K Park. The amenities include new pedestrian bridges that link both sides of the canal and form new connections to key neighborhood amenities and circulation routes. The project's sculptural use of buckets, planks and rocks reminds people of the farms and farm life that the Highline helped to create. The artist team titled the project The Zanjero's Line -- Spanish for "overseer of the mother ditch" -- in honor of the workers who tended the canal and controlled the flow of water to the farmers' fields.