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Ed Lebow Talks "Following the Water: The History of Change in the Valley Landscape" at Burton Barr

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It's no secret water is key in the development of any city, but it's especially important in the desert. In Phoenix, the battle to save, conserve, and utilize water has shaped the city's layout and culture.

Ed Lebow, director of the city's Office of Arts & Culture, knows the impact of water on our daily lives and will discuss the subject from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 14, at Burton Barr Library. See also: - James Turrell's Latest Skyspace Now Open to the Public in Tempe - Matthew Salenger on Urban Sprawl and The Individualocracy Project

Lebow's discussion, "Following the Water: The History of Change in the Valley Landscape," will trace Phoenix city history back to the days when it was described as "a city of gardens and trees" to a modern-day urban landscape with high-rises and roadways.

According to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Lebow will address our landscapes many changes, as well as the public art program's efforts to bring trees and shading back to public spaces throughout the city.

"Following the Water" is part of the "Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks" lecture series and exhibition of more than 33 photographs of historic Phoenix landmarks by Patrick Madigan and Michael Lundgren currently on view at The Gallery @ City Hall.

The series' next lectures will be given by Gretchen Freeman, art consultant and collector on "Labors of Love: The Whimsy of Valley Yard Art;" on March 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. and by Alison King of Modern Phoenix on "Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Phoenix" on May 25 from 3 to 4 p.m..

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