Untitled (La Cañada)
UNTITLED (La Cañada) (2008-In Progress) Tucson, Arizona
Media: Stained concrete and masonry walls, glass block, concrete and masonry columns, pavers and bent steel railing with powder-coated cast aluminum ornaments
Dimensions: Walls up to 11’ tall, 40,000 sf of wall space
Commissioning Agency: Pima Department of Transportation
Two types of enhanced noise walls are provided: a cast-in-place concrete wall featuring a raised agave leaf pattern in shades of green with masonry columns and crested saguaro cactus capitals; and a concrete masonry unit block wall featuring two textures of sage green integral-colored blocks that simulate an agave leaf with glossy red tile tips and occasional glass blocks. The CMU wall also incorporates multiple sculpted masonry columns each representing a crested saguaro cactus form. The result is aesthetic variation along the corridor with views of naturalistic landscaping, artistic walls and other elements, varied topography, washes, and backgrounds of historic residences and mountains. Artistic railing with bead ornaments and median pavers contribute positively to the aesthetics of the corridor. The designs refer to Tucson’s surrounding ecological landscape.