Water Finds A Way





“Water Finds A Way” community labyrinth reflects the intersection of art, water and community. With California in the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record, “Water Finds A Way” provides a contemplative avenue for the community to reflect on water conservation and their relationship to this precious resource. This temporary public art installation is an artist collaboration between Southern CA based ART from the ashes/AFTA Productions and artists Joy Feuer, Christian Ghantous & William Stranger. The 60’ diameter spiral labyrinth is constructed of organic and reclaimed materials incorporating solar elements all of which are directly or symbolically related to water. The labyrinth is constructed from organic and reclaimed materials. Its navigation path is defined using rock-filled Earthknit, a material used to mitigate an abundance of water and reclaimed wood posts. The walk leads to a center point where glass mulch, solar powered LEDs and nature create a “water feature.”

“Water Finds A Way” is on exhibit September 18th – November 18th, 2015 as part of AFTA Productions YOU ARE HERE Temporary Public Art Program supported by the City of Glendale and Glendale Arts & Culture Commission with funding from the Urban Art Plan. Additional support on this installation was provided by Glendale Water & Power and The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Special thanks to volunteers who helped construct the labyrinth Jake Baloian, Jennifer Baloian, Gary DiBerardino, Valli Ghantous, Jamie Gonzales, and Jesse Yeager. And Glendale Water & Power, Hey! Tanks LA, Potted, Theodore Payne Foundation, Croft Alley and musician Robert Hilton for participating in community programming.

The “Making of Water Finds A Way” 2015 Time Lapse video is produced by Rhonda Rodriguez with special thanks to Robert Townsend, Brian Halloran and Patrick McGowan.

Artist’s Statement:

The spiral pattern of the labyrinth symbolizes our cyclical journey through this world, “this mortal coil.” Walking its path our perspective is constantly changing, the destination is not the focus but rather a connection to the source. According to the native American mythology, the path reflects the choices we make in life and in the center houses our dreams and goals. We dreams of rain, yet our goal is to learn to live in harmony with the cycles of our semi-arid climate.

Water Finds A Way Press Release

Artists’ labyrinth in Glendale reminds people there’s a water shortage – LA Times

Glendale sculpture flows with drought message – Glendale News Press

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