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Water Crossings

Joe McGrane
Soldier Creek Floodway (Poudre Trl, w of Shields)

For “Water Crossings,” artist Joe McGrane created an interactive and interpretive plaza that highlights the historic crossings of the Poudre River and its tributaries. It provides a place for people to connect with each other and the evolving history of Ft. Collins. The plaza consists of a stacked sandstone boulder amphitheater overlooking the river and infiltration channel.

The center piece is a carved sandstone “floodway” table that maps the West Vine Basin and the floodway within it. Streets and the floodway are carved into the surface. Schools are marked with engraved brass caps. Five steel framed, porcelain enamel graphic panels illustrate the significant historical crossings of Soldier Creek including the Overland Stage Route, the GSL&P Railroad, Spring Canyon Dam, the current bike path, and an overall view of the residential interface.