Earthcast concrete, concrete, terrazzo, pigment
Collaborating with Canadian landscape architects, the design of the Prairie Garden at the City of Calgary's Water Centre emphasizes the collection of rain and snow water beginning at the gestural roof of the building. With handcrafted runnels which also offer pedestrian access to the site, the water from the roof leaders is conveyed to a series of wetland swales in order to nourish an array of water-loving vegetation. Eventually, all the water falling on the site flows to a cistern from which the entire site is irrigated during the arid summer months. Multiple earthcast vessels speak to the delicate balance between the natural rhythms of precipitation and the need of humans to collect, channel, and contain water.
Photography by Kelsey Frank.