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New "cocoon" sculpure installed on Tucson's eastside

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New "cocoon" sculpure installed on Tucson's eastside

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Apr 4, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A new sculpture 11,000 pound art piece designed by Joe O'Connell, Blessings Hancock and Nina Borgia has popped up on Tucson eastside.

The sculpture is shaped like a cocoon, a concept that was inspired by desert wildlife habitats, specifically butterfly and moth cocoons.

It took a lot of man power and machinery to put the stainless steel sculpture in place on Friday morning.

Officials say it will serve as a meeting place on the walking path along Houghton Road and will allow pedestrians to walk through it.

Residents say they are excited for the new addition.

Ada and Jerry Walker tell KGUN9, "people that come here to visit us, they're impressed about how well the city is managing that and all the art that's spread around the city. it's really impressive."

Rick Hanson, resident and member of the Houghton Road Design Committee says, "the whole design of Houghton Road involves this hiking and biking path. So to have this piece of art, which we'll be able to walk through and enjoy in daytime and evening because there will be lights in it, is really exciting."

By city ordinance, one percent of constriction costs must go to the arts.  This piece cost about $160,000 dollars.

Officials say the project should be open to the public by April 9.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.