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re currents

Water is a life-giving element. While scarce in the Sonoran Desert, it has shaped the land over millions of years. Rawhide Wash is a major desert wash, or dry creek, that temporarily fills after enough rain. During rare but intense flash floods, the wash becomes a major tributary feeding the Salt River, but these flooding events rendered Scottsdale Road impassable. With the construction of this bridge over Rawhide Wash, the issue of flooding becomes a fading memory.


re currents recalls the memory of water—and the powerful impact it has on the desert. Five metal ribbons made of rolled and twisted painted steel arch across the walkway, an echo of rapid flooding, and the power of water.

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