DEEP TIME 

Imagining the Ancient Inland Sea

text courtesy of Scottsdale Public Art     photos by Chris Loomis

Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach presents DEEP TIME: Imagining the Ancient Inland Sea, an immersive, family-friendly experience running through August 24 at the Gallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center.

DEEP TIME takes visitors on a journey to the prehistoric ocean that once covered the Sonoran Desert, as imagined through the eyes of Tucson-based artists Lex Gjurasic and Rachel Slick. This sculpted environment uses color, pattern, light, texture and experimental materials to create an ocean-bottom experience of being surrounded by fanciful sea life, including kelp towers, coral reefs, an underwater garden, a bioluminescent tunnel and a large sea beast.

Gjurasic said she has reoccurring dreams about seeking and collecting. Her interactions with the desert follow a similar pattern as she finds herself consistently looking for treasures.

“Once I looked down to find a shark tooth fossil at my feet,” she said. “In creating DEEP TIME, I was able to draw inspiration from my curiosity for the desert’s clandestine past and indulge my imagination in what it still might hold.”

Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach presents DEEP TIME: Imagining the Ancient Inland Sea, an immersive, family-friendly experience running through August 24 at the Gallery @ The Library, Scottsdale Civic Center.

EVENTS and WORKSHOPS
Create a Mystical Sea Creature

Saturday, June 23, 1–3 p.m.

Use recycled materials to create your own fantasy sea creature with artist Tania Radda. All ages.

Super Corals

Saturday, July 14, 1–2 p.m.

Scientists are learning how corals can withstand challenging environmental conditions, like warming seas. Learn how “super corals” may save the reefs in this lecture by oceanographer Franklin Lane.

 Meet a Paleontologist

Friday, July 27, 2–3 p.m.

Discover Arizona’s past as an ancient sea and meet paleontologist David Gilette in this family-friend discussion and workshop, where participants paint replicas of dinosaur teeth to take home.

Closing Reception and Performance

Saturday, August 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m. 

Celebrate DEEP TIME with the artists, light refreshments and a performance by Lano, composer of the exhibit’s soundtrack.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Lex Gjurasic has shown her work across the United States, from Seattle to Pensacola. Her art can be found as part of the Woman’s Building permanent collection at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Among her public art experiences are site-specific installations for music festivals.

Rachel Slick is represented by galleries in Scottsdale, Albuquerque and Santa Fe and has shown her work throughout the nation, from Los Angeles to Chicago. Among her public art commissions are murals in Tucson, interpretive signs in California and a sculpture in New York.

 

DEEP TIME 
Imagining the Ancient Inland Sea

Through August 24

The Gallery @ The Library,

Scottsdale Civic Center

www.scottsdalepublicart.org