Cultivus Loci: Suckahanna
Jann Rosen-Queralt integrated public art into this rain garden, designed by the landscape architecture firm Oculus, at Powhatan Springs Park. The garden collects and filters storm water run-off from the paved areas of the park. The bio-filtration system begins with a concrete channel along the parking lot, which is embellished with pebbles, copper, and leaf impressions and guides water toward the garden. Water also drips from rooftop pipes into two conical vessels. The water then trickles through holes drilled in the sides of the vessels. Additional pipes drip water into concrete basins. The water is filtered by soil and plants before accumulating in an underground cistern. The clean water can be pumped into a concrete chute to flow into Reeves Run, a tributary of Four Mile Run. The work is appropriately titled Suckahanna, the Powhatan word for water. Cultivus Loci means cultivated place in Latin.
This project won the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review Award.
Funded by Arlington County and Kiwanis Club of Arlington.