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Fair Park Lagoon in Dallas combines two Texas plants as design
models to form sculptural elements that translate into pathways, islands
and microhabitats. Designed in tandem, they stabilize the shoreline,
restore the water habitat of the lagoon and provide an educational
arena. Individual descriptions follow.
1) Saggitaria Platyphylla (1982): This twisted root design
incorporates the shoreline while interspaces offer refuge to the
waterlife. Wide terra-cotta paths meander into leaf-shaped islands,
visitor seating and overlooks.
2) Pteris multifida (1982): Based on a Texas fern, this design
works to create bridges and causeways that span interspace flower
basins and fish ponds.
Papago Park in Arizona was inspired by the universal symbol of life,
the tree and the ancient Hohokam irrigation canal system. This
functional design harvests life-giving rainwater, terracing it back into
the replanted desert gateway. Axis markers stand as memorials to the
a) Papago Park (1992): Seven quarried branches stem horizontally
from a canal trenched trunk. Natural desert foliage, terraced seven
times, complete the tree shaped design. Two vertical stone axis markers
form the base of the tree while five others stand aligned with the