"The Release”, fifth of 5 garden rooms

This is a detail view of “The Release”, which is the fifth of five garden rooms within "Waterworks Gardens". Cleansed water passes from the pond system to the wetlands, and from there to Springbrook Creek. The ribbonlike islands and channels are reminiscent of a flame/flower form and are reinforced by bands of native plantings. The path meanders through the wetlands and connects with regional trail systems. “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.