Change Reference #3

Lorna Jordan’s “‘Waterworks Gardens’ is an environmental artwork that naturally treats stormwater, enhances an on-site wetland, provides garden rooms, and creates eight acres of new open space for public use.” Stormwater treatment ponds and wetlands together form an earth/water sculpture whose function is to funnel, capture, and release water. This allows people to observe and connect to water cycles and the natural processes of water purification. “Landforms, plantings, water bodies, and garden rooms are abstractly expressed as a large scale flowering plant, symbolic of the filtering power of plants to cleanse water.” There are five garden rooms that progress to each other illustrating a narrative for the water cycle: “The Knoll,” “The Funnel,” “The Grotto,” “The Passage,” and “The Release.”

“The Knoll” is meant to evoke the root of a plant through stone and metal and underground watercourse. Stormwater spills through a grated channel that cuts a colonnade and falls into the ponds.


“The Funnel” contains terraced  leaf shaped ponds that are connected by a path and evokes a stem structure. Ponds become smaller and actual plants become taller as the viewer moves down the hill.


“The Grotto” is at the bottom of the hill and clean stormwater flows into a seed pod shaped form. A mosaic of a sprouting seed pod is on the ground, walls, and benches. Lots of rich texture, and there is a fountain and pools.

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“The Passage” is a path that runs along a row of Lombary poplars and three circular ponds which are meant to illustrate the plant’s fruit.

“The Release” passes clean water from the pond system to the wetlands which eventually lead to Springbrook Creek. The ribbon-shaped islands and channels are meant to illustrate a flower type of structure and include native plantings to strengthen this imagery. The path winds through the wetlands, connecting to regional trails.

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