public art project demonstrates how art and landscape can be combined to
enhance a neighborhood. It transformed an inactive well site (part of the
city’s water distribution system) from a vacant lot into a safe and beautiful
community space of walkways, sculpture, landscaping, and fences.
Kevin Berry and landscape architect Janet Waibel designed the project with
environmental benefits in mind. They designed porous hardscape materials, such
as crushed stone and rock, and rain harvesting techniques to conserve water and
decrease stormwater runoff. The shade trees will grow and help reduce the
impact of urban heat. By attracting birds and pollinators, the project’s
plantings also show how desert landscaping can restore nature to our
neighborhoods and yards.
Berry’s sculpture, Watermark,
a steel and glass “Water Column,” (13’ 4”
high and 36” around) stands as the centerpiece of the site. Berry fabricated
the sculpture out of steel plates and rods, and chunks of colored glass or
marbles. In addition to the sculpture, Berry designed and fabricated 200 feet
of steel and gabion perimeter fencing to improve security at the site, and a
steel well cap to recognize the original purpose of Well Site 157.