"Canalscape for Metro Phoenix" Closing Reception

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 Phoenix’s most vital urban hubs, where our canals meet major streets.

It’s 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, it’s 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.

Tue., Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., 2009
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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