Artist Ginny Ruffner has designed Machan School Oasis to serve as a welcoming entry marker to students and the neighborhood. It also functions as a play/performance area for students that is shaded by a ramada constructed of brightly colored steel cut-outs representing subjects from the school curriculum. The project features: a system of mesas/patios; a ramada; colonnade; drinking fountain; performance area; and game boards as well as surface detailing including the English/Spanish alphabet, math symbols, and a ceramic tile map of Arizona.
According to the artist, “the oasis acknowledges regional topography, architecture, lifestyle and environment. It provides an identity for the school, and an invitation to students, faculty, staff and neighbors to play, learn, and dream."