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The Artist

The Walter Productions crew built Water Serpent at the Walterdome, on the grounds of historic Ponderosa Lumber in Scottsdale. The Walterdome is now home of the Walter Hive, a 501(c)3 dedicated to self-expression through art and technology, and the Walter Art Gallery. Walter Productions has been delivering experiential artistic entertainment for 10 years and is best known for its fleet of art cars led by Walter the Bus. Much of that time has been spent touring across the country, but now the team is putting down deep roots in the Valley. Recently, Walter has opened Walter Station Brewery in historic, old Station 29, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s original fire station. Walter will be opening two additional gallery venues in downtown Phoenix in the coming months, one in the historic Zellerbach Paper Factory and the other at the original location of Canyon Records and Films. Both buildings were originally built in the 1940s. Walter Productions has exhibited its work at SpaceX, Burning Man, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Life is Beautiful.

Kirk Strawn is a retired family physician who completed his residency training at Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. He may be best described as a collaborative artist, as demonstrated through the Walter Project that he founded. Walter has created numerous large-scale art pieces as well as several art-inspired venues that include the Walter Art Gallery and the Walterdome located within Scottsdale’s historic Ponderosa Lumberyard. Strawn and his wife, Mary, work to create platforms for self expression throughout the Valley, supporting both established artists and the rest of us who are one experience away from rediscovering the artist within.

Born and raised in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, Kristina Ricci is endowed with a wide range of skills, including metalworking, painting, digital arts, printmaking, woodworking, performance, and design.  Ricci received a bachelor of arts in both sculpture and painting from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and went on to study art abroad through the University of Colorado Denver and the Burren College of Art in Ireland. Her style is characterized as uniquely pattern-driven, with vibrant color palettes and organic, geometric forms inspired by nature. Currently, she is busy creating large-scale sculptural, experiential, and immersive art installations with Walter Productions. Their latest creation is Water Serpent. You can view other recent works at the Walter Where?House Gallery in downtown Phoenix.

The Artwork

Water Serpent is a nearly 200-foot-long, floating sculpture that shoots out fire along its metallic spine and spits sparks from its mouth. Like Floatus—Walter Productions’ installation from last year’s Canal Convergence—Water Serpent will produce nightly fire shows choreographed to music. A contrast of fire and water will play 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. In conjunction with Canal Convergence’s focus on sustainability, portions of the serpent’s skin are made from upcycled metal cans.
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Water Serpent
Canal Convergence
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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