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The Nectar Corridor​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   Valerie Ontani and Fernanda  D'Agostino with Landscape Architect Diane McCloskey
DATE:   2008
LOCATION:  Laveen Conveyance Channel, 43rd Avenue to 51st Avenue
TYPE:   Sculpture and Seating
MATERIALS:  
BUDGET:   $ 349,900.00  
DISTRICT:   7
ZIP CODE:   85339​​​


​The Laveen Linear Oasis Public Art Project, which lies within the Laveen Area Conveyance Channel is a mile-long, meandering “nectar corridor" that combines public art with trees, shrubs and flowering plants known to attract pollinating birds and butterflies. The artists and  Diane McCloskey, the project's landscape architect; created the artwork for this public art  project.  The project was designed and developed as a nectar corridor. Migratory pollinators have a crucial role in the Sonoran desert ecology and in the agricultural economy that once shaped Laveen. Art and landscape intertwine to create an area where carved stones and curved seat walls are embraced by feathery flowers in many hues. The stone sculptures bring our attention to the striking forms of essential flowers that feed the migratory pollinators, while the plantings provide the nectar that makes this linear park a functioning link in the chain of flowering plants along the routes from Mexico into the Northern United States. The gentle berms are designed to give contour to the landscape and frame the artwork. Close to a future school, park and hundreds of homes, the “Nectar Corridor" helps the public learn about the importance of pollinators by seeing them first hand, and provides a model of planting they could emulate in their own homes, thereby expanding the corridor.


The project features low meandering seating walls made of a concrete block core that are faced with “Natural Rustic" wall stone and inset with carved and sandblasted art stones which were designed by Seattle artist's Ontani and D'Agostino. The seating wall areas incorporate shade trees to invite people to enjoy the views and the landscape. Taking a cue from the graceful curves of the Laveen flood conveyance channel, the meandering seating areas mimic the sinuous curves of a natural waterway. The “meander" concept creates intriguing walking and resting areas in the trail. The migratory pollinator habitat is expressed in carved stone elements and sandblasted images integrated into the seat walls and sculptures set in the landscape. In the walls, carved and incised elements form strata, or small groupings, of images that refer to the nectar corridor theme. ​​