Roof water pours down the front of the building. Swirling patterns of hydrology evoke the sense of rain even when dry.

Arroyo

Philadelphia Fire and Police Station, 24th and Ritner Streets Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1997


In collaboration with Cecil Baker and Associates, Architects

Supported by Philadelphia 1% for the Arts

Materials

Powder-coated and anodized aluminum, river stones, concrete swale


Dimensions

29' tall x 15' long x 13' deep

The term Arroyo refers to a creek that is intermittently dry. In this piece, when it rains, the water is collected from the roof of the Philadelphia fire and police station and piped into the sculpture. A structure designed in the swirling pattern of water drains rainwater away and into the city’s sewer system.

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