The Scottsdale Public Art project Swale, by artist Stacy Levy, is a part of a City of Scottsdale designed a series of roadway improvements for Thomas Road between 73rd Street and the Indian Bend Wash Bridge including bicycle lanes, sidewalk improvements and landscaping.
Swale consists of 176 powder-coated steel “blades” and “seed pods” that are attached to the guard railing on both sides of the bridge on Thomas Rd. over the Indian Bend Wash. These 10’ to 14’ high stylized steel grasses and seed pods evoke the vegetation that grows in the lush areas of the Indian Bend Wash. The blue blades are also symbolic of the flowing water that runs through the wash during flooding rains. This permanent installation gives an experience to all modes of transportation—vehicular, bike, and pedestrian in addition to providing a landmark for the neighborhood.
Conservation/Restoration report: Due to areas of paint loss on the painted blades of Swale during installation, Scottsdale Public Art is engaging the services of a local contractor to repaint these areas. This process will take some time, and can only be accomplished in sections. The blades will be removed, brought to the contractor’s shop, painted, and re-installed, a section at a time. The process will begin Summer, 2017. Thank you for your patience.