Terraced Cascade

Terraced Cascade | Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden

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is an environmental artwork - a garden theater - designed to highlight water harvesting in the desert landscape. Curving hillside terraces channel water runoff down a central ridge and adjoining rib-like planters. The structure reminds us of the role of human support in a naturally arid ecosystem.


Both water and humans leave their marks on the desert landscape.

The cascade expresses a metaphorical gesture that suggests water rolling down a human's back and spine, a miniature watershed. Xeriscape plantings in the rib-like, lobed terraces are selected for their marvelous colors, textures, and sculptural shapes and are intended to inspire desert homeowners.

Lorna Jordan b. 1954

Commissioned through the Scottsdale Public Art Program 2007.013

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