The Scottsdale Public Art project Swale, by artist Stacy Levy, is part of a city-designed 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 Road over Indian Bend Wash. These 10–14-foot-high stylized steel grasses and seed pods evoke the vegetation that grows in the lush areas of 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 various modes of transportation—vehicular, bike, and pedestrian—in addition to providing a landmark for the neighborhood.
Location7825 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257, USA
DatesCompleted October 2015