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Color Wash is a colorful experience that presents the familiar image of flowing water in a new way. It adds vivid color to the sculptural form of the arched bridge as well as the arid desert landscape that surrounds it.


The artwork is visible from a distance and provides a special experience for visitors on the bridge. People near the bridge see a flowing stream of water as they look at the art lengthwise. As they enter the bridge and look straight up, the blue of the hanging panels blends with the blue of the Arizona sky. Our hope is that this artistic intervention to the bridge will make it both a pleasing addition to the landscape and a destination/meeting place for miles around. The effect is made possible by a relatively new UV-stabilized polycarbonate product that incorporates intense color in a protected interior layer.




Pantano Wash, Tucson, AZ


60’ L x 12’ W x 2’ H


polycarbonate, stainless steel

Commissioning Agency: 

Tucson Pima Arts Council


Joe O'Connell

Blessing Hancock

Color Wash

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