Title: Pipe with Flow 30 by Paul Edwards (2003)
Location: NW Corner of the park at Silverlake and Kino (SE
Corner of Silverlake and Mountain)
Details: Concrete and ceramic tile.
This piece caused an uproar in Tucson like you wouldn't believe. The
original neighborhood where it was going to be installed deemed it too
ugly for them and refused to have it installed. It then went into
storage for a while, and is finally installed in a newish park right
along Campbell Ave. You know, there's a lot of things I
like, and don't find exactly asthetically pleasing, either.
But, isn't that the point. Think how boring it would be if you
liked everything. No difference between pizza and tapioca pudding. Not
caring whether you got an ice cream shake or a glass of seltzer water.
After all, you like them both.
Anyway, I'm glad it found a home, although personally, I wouldn't mind
it if it had been placed in a more prominent location, because I
Uproar notwithstanding, I like this piece, too. I think that Paul
Edwards did a great job of depicting water bursting out of its pipes,
and flowing across the desert landscape. Surface water in Tucson
tends to look brown, mixed as it is with sand from the washes and
normally dry riverbeds; it wouldn't make sense for the sculpture to be
painted blue. It's an imaginative piece of artwork, and I was
sorry to note that it has been defaced in spots with boring,
unimaginative graffiti; the work deserves better than that, and so does
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