Blooms

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Blooms
Photo Credit: Mark Pickthall
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
<p>Blooms by Bruce Munro was a temporary light-based installation comprised of seven circular platforms placed in the Arizona Canal. Each platform was mounted with one hundred multi-colored fishing rods threaded with LED-lit optic fibers. The shape of each platform resembled a blooming flower that glimmered in the sunlight, and at night emitted a gentle glow like a bio-luminescent lily blossom. After visiting Scottsdale in 2013, Munro became captivated by the man-made canal system operated by public utility Salt River Project (SRP). He wanted his installation to highlight the vital function the canals perform for desert residents. Munro&rsquo;s use of fishing rods was a reverse reference to the &ldquo;catch and release&rdquo; policy protecting the White Amur fish imported by SRP to inhabit and clean the canals as bottom feeders. In this way, Blooms served as a reminder of the eco-system within the canal and the role it plays for the public.</p>
PROJECT LOCATION

Waterway/River
The Scottsdale Waterfront is a landscaped pedestrian and bicycle path along both sides of the Arizona Canal bordered by residencies and businesses. The location serves as a public gathering place, entertainment venue, a site for temporary public art installations, and home to the iconic Soleri Bridge and Plaza. The area also serves as a pedestrian link from Old Town Scottsdale south of the canal, to the modern Fashion Square Mall to the north.
Scottsdale Waterfront
4420 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Scottsdale Public Art
Salt Rive Project
Jim Duncan
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
75,000
$50,000-$249,000
Private
Public
Festival, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Fiberglass, LED, Light, Metal, Mixed Media, Plastic
2016
2017