Written on October 10, 2019
Gordon’s next public art installation will be located in the Arizona desert and is inspired by the state’s desert landscape. The site, a highly-trafficked intersection in Peoria, AZ, requires an installation that will be visible from a distance and from all corners, as well as viewable in both the daytime and at night. Gordon’s design, titled Barrel Cactus, meets these requirements and compliments the environment by resembling the barrel cacti that are found in the southwestern United States.
The 3 Echinocactus shapes that make up Barrel Cactus will be 10ft tall, 6ft tall, and 4 ft tall, each with a polished stainless steel pipe in the center from which six fins of colorful dichroic glass will project. Each dichroic glass fin is curved, creating negative spaces within the structural forms of each sculpture, allowing for views both through and around the objects.
Barrel Cactus is currently in fabrication with anticipated installation in early 2020.