Inspired by comments from Neighborhood Groups as well as Trevor G
Browne High School Students and the transition of use of land on this site, the
improvements include several new amenities: custom sculpture, trees for shade,
lighting for safety and fencing for security.
The team began their work on this
project by meeting with neighbors of the site.
They further researched the community’s concerns by holding a workshop
with over 100 students at Trevor G. Browne High School. Through these
workshops, students were able to express their needs as they are the primary
users of the site, passing it daily on their walk to and from school. This
community work in addition to studies of historic aerials and land use helped
the artist develop his concept.
Historic Aerials of this site
indicate the transition of time from when the location was home to farmland. A
water well is first shown in the mid 1960’s – still surrounded by farm fields.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s we see the use of the land transform
dramatically into densely populated neighborhood. Around this point in time,
the large above ground tank well appears to have been removed as well. This
transition of land use from native desert landscape to fertile farmland and
again to residential neighborhood and city park inspired the artist and
landscape architect to create enhancements for this park that reference the
passage of time.
The word "tinaja" is
Spanish word for earthen jar, and also
identifies natural small pockets of water that sit on top of the Sonoran
desert. For the artist, finding one of these pockets in the desert is always a reassuring sight, and very exciting. Therefore the
title “A Time Machine Called Tinaja”
references the transition of land use, water sources, and the community’s
interaction with the land. The
sculptures themselves are a kind of passageway with glowing light and cool blue panels
that mimic the look and feel of water.