Marilyn Zwak discovered the power of adobe in 1979. Since then, she has worked with tons of adobe, demonstrating the power one person has in working with inspiration. "My success with adobe has a lot to do with listening to the Earth and discovering its properties," she says.
Marilyn, a public artist, offers her art in public and private venues. Marilyn is part of the history of Arizona's Public Art. She created and built a 150-foot long adobe serpentine wall embedded with historic ranching and mining tools for the Winkelman Hewes Avenue project.
If you commute in Phoenix, perhaps you’ve seen the artist's work "Our Shared Environment" at the SR-51 and Thomas Road Interchange. She designed the lizard bridge piers and three-sided abutments at Thomas Road. She also utilized designs from prehistoric Hohokam artifacts discovered while excavating the SR-51 for the 26 adobe and rock murals with concrete relief forms. Marilyn, now 64, returned to Phoenix this summer to renovate the 23-year-old work.
At South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, she designed and fabricated the gateway signage, the campus directory and five sculptural adobe seating areas. Enrollment doubled the year after the renovation.
Part of the Rio Salado Public Art Works Project in Tempe, Arizona, the concrete “Tree of Life” sculptures are formed from adobe with goddesses inlaid within the recesses. Names of residents are etched in the colored leaves as part of the “Adopt a Tree” program.
Click on photo to right for additional images of "Our Shared Environment."
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