“The Grotto”, third of 5 garden rooms

This is a view of a bench within “The Grotto” which is the third of five garden rooms within “Waterworks Gardens”. Shaped as a seed pod, “The Grotto” has shotcrete walls, benches, recycled stone mosaic, a stormwater fountain, pools, and plantings. These work together to evoke a mysterious, fertile environment. “Waterworks Gardens” is an environmental artwork and earth/water sculpture located on the northern border of a water reclamation plant. The project naturally treats stormwater, enhances an on-site wetland, provides five garden rooms, and creates eight acres of new open space for public use. The progression of five garden rooms engages the visitor on an intimate scale and follows the story of the water’s cycle: impure, working, mysterious, beautiful, and life-sustaining.