Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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March 2015 63 To represent Spokane's industrial history, old turbines and gears salvaged from local dam sites were placed in Confluence Plaza. Railings and grates bespeak the industrial theme, and two new functional sculptures were designed and installed by Land Expressions. Both sculptures are based on dam spillway lift gate structures. One is the 25-foot red arbor in the park; the other is a 23-foot tall gas-fired feature in the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place. Land expressions Team All 34 members of the Land Expressions team worked on the park/plaza project under the leadership of Dave Nelson, owner and principal landscape architect. The landscape architects and designers at Land Expressions have enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing the public use the park and plaza as they envisioned during the design work, with families, downtown workers, bicyclists and runners using the park for concerts, events, picnics, wedding photos and nature walks. After the grand opening, visitors Top Reflective of the hydroelectric spillway lift gates, this steel arbor within the spray zone of the Lower Spokane Falls is 25' long by 18' tall. The arbor is oriented to maximize views of the Spokane River Gorge and historic Monroe Street bridge. To ensure maximum shade throughout the seasons, the joists were strategically placed using three-dimensional models and sun/shade studies. The existing railings were repainted. The benches and trash receptacles are from Fair Weather Site Furnishings. The turfgrass is drought-tolerant fescue blend (basin Sod). The lighting is 'Granville' series leaf-style luminaires with metal halide ballasts on 12' h olophane poles. Pho To: JAMES RiChMAN Bottom There are three life-size Native American artworks at huntington Park. The 12' tall Salmon Chief sculpture by virgil "Smoker" Marchand depicts a chief raising a salmon for the river to bless, while two Native American women on a nearby cliff (not in view) hang salmon to dry. The Salmon Chief provided a spiritual blessing over the catch, decided when and where to fish and divided the salmon among the tribes. The sculpture sited and oriented the sculpture to the Spokane River's lower falls, the source of life for untold generations. PhoTo: JohN D. MooRE

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