Experiencing Arizona Falls

Experiencing Arizona Falls

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Canals have been vital to life in the Valley since the Hohokam built their irrigation system to support a flourishing Southwest civilization. The canals are not only a lifeline for desert survival, but also foster connection with the environment through aesthetics, recreation, and history. Valley residents have used the canals differently over time from crop irrigation to swimming pools, luxurious resort ambience to biking paths. Mags Harries and Lajos Heder designed the public art installation WaterWorks at Arizona Falls in 2003, creating a space that celebrates water’s utility and beauty. In this story, Harries describes the factors she included when designing the project.

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