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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2006 10:24 am | Updated: 2:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Two Seattle-area artists have been chosen to add an aesthetic flair to the improvements planned for Indian Bend Wash.

The Scottsdale Public Art Board this week approved Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan for the project because they have experience in art and architecture, said Jana Weldon, senior public art project manager.

Scottsdale has been working with the board to improve the area of Indian Bend Wash where it intersects Indian Bend Road, between Scottsdale and Hayden roads.

The wash fills up with water when it rains and often floods Indian Bend Road. The plans are to build a structure that would allow water to pass under the road, Weldon said.

Haddad and Drugan will be charged with designing the “drop” structure with artistic appeal and functionality.

“The wash is dry most of the time, but when it does rain it’s a spectacular event,” Weldon said.

The artists will be in town Feb. 25 to meet with a focus group of residents and brainstorm ideas for the art.

Haddad and Drugan have worked on a number of public art projects, including a design for the rooftop of Seattle’s Waterfront Marriott Hotel that incorporated wavy blue designs visible from high above.

The Indian Bend Wash project was first approved in October 2004 and is expected to be completed in fall 2007.

Much of the project will be paid for with city construction funds, Weldon said. She said she didn’t know how much the project would cost.

To attend the focus group on Feb. 25, contact Valerie Ryan at (480) 874-4645.

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