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Undulating in the canal's flow, the first performance of the night by the Water Serpent begins.

Designed by Kristina Ricci, "Water Serpent" is a nearly 200-foot-long, floating sculpture by Walter Productions that shoots out fire along its metallic spine and spits sparks from its mouth. In its nightly shows a contrast of fire and water plays out as Water Serpent shoots flames into the sky, reflecting not only on the sculpture’s metallic surface but also on the water of the Arizona Canal. The installation is on display from 8 through 17 November 2019 as part of Scottsdale's annual Canal Convergence.

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"Inspired by the 2019 Canal Convergence theme of “The Story of Water,” Kristina Ricci, the lead artist on Water Serpent for Walter Productions, researched the history of the canal system in greater Phoenix area and learned of an archaeological site approximately 20 miles south of Scottsdale called Snaketown. Located on the Gila River Indian Reservation, it is part of Hohokam Pima National Monument, but is not open to the public. This ancient village from the Hohokam classic period was inhabited from about 300 AD to about 1200 AD and may have had as many as 2,000 residents. One notable aspect of Snaketown was an extensive canal system used for irrigating crops, including beans, squash, corn, cotton, and melons. These canals, and others built by the ancestral Sonoran Desert people throughout the Valley of the Sun, grew to about 500 miles of irrigation waterways, which laid the groundwork for the modern canal system maintained by Canal Convergence sponsor SRP. Walter Productions designed Water Serpent, which floats on one of those modern canals, as a tribute to Snaketown. Not only does it refer to a vision of canals snaking their way through the desert landscape, it also speaks to the importance of sharing water and the critical role water plays in food production."

ISO 400, 1/40 second at f/4.5, ev=-1.33, 70mm focal length

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