Who needs Venice? Like that lovely city, Phoenix may, if Dr. Nan Ellin and her students have their way, be fronted by waterways one day soon. The exhibit Canalscape for Metro Phoenix proposes the re-creation of Phoenixs most vital urban hubs, where our canals meet major streets.
Its an adventurous use of urban infill that would offer the sort of City by the Bay feel of San Francisco, except, of course, in our case, the body of water would be man-made and rushing toward a farm somewhere nearby. Ellin and her students have created a canalscape in the entryway of ASU Art Museum; featuring real plants and water features, its the centerpiece of the Canalscape exhibit.
The closing reception features a panel discussion, "The Tao of Canalscape," featuring artist Mark Stapp, City of Tempe planner Eric Iwerson, historian James Labar, and Laurie Lundquist of the Salt River Project.