A public garden & cultural center

Lorna Jordan


Remediate/Re-vision: Public Artists Engaging the Environment
Glyndor Gallery | August 1 – November 28, 2010

Lorna Jordan’s Terraced Cascade uses stone and drought-resistant plants to create a distinctive environmental sculpture whose form expresses both a miniature watershed and an abstraction of the human torso. It provides a means for people to imagine their place within the larger Indian Bend Wash—a watershed with alternating conditions of drought and flooding. Taking advantage of the wash topography, a series of riblike terraces and a vertebraelike cascade are nestled into the hillside. The terraces contain desert plants, such as scarlet sage, octopus agave, purple prickly pear, desert marigold, and palo blanco, selected for their color, shape, and sustainability. During the rainy seasons, harvested storm water flows down the cascade to irrigate a mesquite bosk that offers shade and respite from the desert sun.


The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.