Kevin Berry was chosen to create this sound abatement wall after neighborhood residents near Scottsdale Fashion Square expressed their desire for a sound and privacy wall when the mall was preparing to expand. This 10ft high wall is made of concrete and glass block, river rock, and steel. Inspired by its close proximity to the canal, it pays tribute to and celebrates the presence of water in our desert environment through a combination of repetitive patterning, symbolism, and materials.
The serpentine wall design, which symbolizes the flow of water, is composed of alternating smooth and split faced rock arranged to represent a wave pattern. There are seven fish ranging in size from 9-18ft long, positioned one following the other, seeming to swim towards the canal in the same direction as the south-bound traffic next to the wall. Each fish is made of Cor-Ten steel with a perforated fish scale pattern cut into the steel plate. Clear glass blocks are positioned behind each fish, allowing natural sunlight to filter through the wall and giving the appearance of water passing through the fishes’ bodies.
Kevin Berry was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and Arizona State University. He has completed numerous public art projects across the Valley including the Tempe Canal Project, Light Rail Transit Center, Sky Harbor Airport Bus Shelters, and West Couplet and Wavelength bus shelters in Scottsdale.