03 Jun '12, 9am

Giant Umbrellas Turn a Public Space into a Water Cleaning Art Garden

Giant Umbrellas Turn a Public Space into a Water Cleaning Art Garden

KPFF Stormwater Cinema /Video screen capture Portland knows about the importance of public green space- it even has a movement dedicated to ripping out asphalt and giving the land back to nature. So it's no surprise that the Oregon city is home to a lovely new public garden and fountain at what was once a dangerous intersection. Even better: it's designed to clean and drain rainwater. On 45th St in northeast Portland, the Providence Office Park II commissioned KPFF Consulting Engineers and Vala-Christensen Landscape Architects to take advantage of a space created by a rerouted intersection. The aesthetically pleasing and functional design consists of four enormous bronze umbrellas (weighing 1.5 tons each) designed by artist Michael Maiden , as well as seating space, grass and a narrow bioswale. KPFF Stormwater Cinema /Video screen capture Three of the umbrellas provide sha...

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