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Featured Artworks in Maricopa County, AZ>

Are you curious about Public Art in Maricopa County? Each of these works of public art can be located by GPS and are part of the GEOPA PROJECT.

© 2008 Dr. Alice Christie


Discover Public Art in Maricopa County Arizona through the GEOPA Project sponsored by the Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture (MPAC). There are currently twenty-one featured artworks. Browse through each or use the links below to go to specific sites.

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Art is a Guaranty of Sanity
Artist: Louise Bourgeois

Ninety-seven year old Louise Bourgeois created Art is a Guaranty of Sanity for the Convention Center. It is a mirror that rises approximately 90 feet from its base below the grand atrium adjacent to Symphony Hall. The mirror face is highly polished steel cut into a spider-web pattern that gives viewers constantly changing views of themselves, the atrium and the phrase “Art is a Guaranty of Sanity.”

Phoenix Convention Center Atrium
2nd Street and Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ

Barry Goldwater Memorial
Artist: Joe Beeler

Beeler, a member of Cowboy Artists of America, was commissioned to create the nine-foot bronze statue of Senator Barry Goldwater is the centerpiece of the Goldwater Memorial. The site is professionally landscaped with desert plantings and a pedestrian path inscribed with noteworthy quotes denoting some of Senator Goldwater's lifetime beliefs. Pictures

NE of Lincoln Dr. and Tatum Blvd.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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Cactus Mirage
Artist: Norie Sato

A translucent wall is inspired by a flattened barrel cactus and forms a visual screen for the water slide in this aquatic center. Behind the wall, 5,000 reflective dots create a changing and subtle shimmering light show across the surface as the sunlight and wind activate them. Pictures

McDowell Mountain Ranch Park and Aquatic Center
15525 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Chauncey the Rabbit
Artist: Jim Budish

Artist sculpts in low density foam with a hot-knife, applying clay to the surface before casting his sculptures in bronze.

Fountain Hills Library
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Color Walk
Artish: Beth Galston

Color Walk consists of two ribbons of colored glass that are affixed to the metal guardrails of the second and third levels on the west façade of the Studios buildings. The imagery for the glass is based on photographs the artist took in Mesa of the sky at dusk during a rainstorm.

Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater
1 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ

The Elements
Artists: Scott Cisson, Niki Glen, Helen Helwig and Joe Tyler

The transit shelter incorporates elements of earth, water, air and fire into steel, stone and ceramic structure made to look like an obelisk complete with roots, leaves and a sun. The rainproof shelter has a large shade canopy and seats 20 people. During the yearlong project, McClintock High School students assisted with drawing, painting and creating handmade ceramic tiles used in the design. The students also worked alongside the artists to install their tiles on the shelter structure.

East side of McClintock Drive, north of Southern,
Next to McClintock High School. Tempe, AZ

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Fire Station # 30
Artist: Joe Tyler

This 30 foot tall, welded steel weeping willow tree consists of arching branches and more than 6,000 individually cut leaves. Artist Joe Tyler created the piece specifically for the fire station and a gathering place for the community. Pictures

2701 W. Belmont Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85051

Fragmented Landscape
Artist: Ned Kahn

Fragmented Landscape consists of two shade screens adorning the west-facing wall of the theater building, each consisting of thousands of small aluminum panels that are activated by wind. The panels of the smaller screen are perforated with different sized holes that, when viewed from a distance, create a photographic image of sand dunes.

Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater
1 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ

Knight Rise
Artist: James Turrell

In February 2001, the Scottsdale Public Art Program installed a skyspace by internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Turrell has created 12 permanently installed skyspaces since 1975. Knight Rise is one of only three skyspaces open to the public in the United States.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7383 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Language of Light
Artist: Joseph McShane

Celebrating the southwestern sun, two kinetic light sculptures transform sunlight, through heliostats and vacuum coated mirrors, into all the colors of the spectrum, playing chromatic images across the interior walls of the building. Pictures

Cholla Branch Library
10050 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ 85051

M - F: 9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM | Sunday: Noon - 6 PM

Marina Water Muse
Artist: Laurie Lundquist

Water Muse at Town Lake MarinaThis art feature is an interactive circulation system that improves the water quality for the Town Lake Marina lagoon. It is designed to echo the traditions of water distribution found throughout the Salt River Valley and to encourage a contemplative interaction with flowing water. Visitors to the site can walk across metal grating that spans the sluiceway to try their hand at controlling the flow of water through the site. Hand operated wheels can be turned by children or adults to open and close water gates that direct the flow into underground pipes.

North Bank of Tempe Town Lake, west of Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Nisbet Road Pedestrian Bridge
Artist: Laurie Lundquist

The artist worked with SVR, Inc. HDR Engineering, and Bolduc, Smiley and Associates to design the bridge. The bridge safety cage, designed with small weave, galvanized chain link, is designed to look like the jagged profile of the mountains to the south. Pictures

3390 E Nisbet Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032


An Open Book
Artists: Mayme Kratz, Debra Hopkins, and Valerie Vadala Homer

This artwork is inspired by the book as a physical object and as one of the principle tools associated with learning. The artwork focuses on the letters of the alphabet as the primary building blocks of our language and learning system. This sculpture is composed of 28 translucent cast resin blocks in a grid-like pattern attached to the curved wall of the library’s meeting room. Each block (or page) contains natural and found objects which are related to the letter of the alphabet inscribed on each block. Pictures

Juniper Branch Library,
19th Ave. and Union Hills, Phoenix, AZ 85027

The Path Most Traveled
Artists: Carolyn Braaksma teamed with architect Andrea Forman and landscape architect Jeffrey Engelmann

Carolyn Braaksma designed images and textures on highway bridges and eight miles of concrete noise abatement walls and on/off ramps for Scottsdale’s Pima Outer loop highway infrastructure project. The site-specific imagery includes lizard shapes, lizard skin texture, desert plants, images of local landforms and patterns of Maricopa Indians. Pictures

Loop 101, Scottsdale, AZ

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The Reading Tree
Artist: Joe Tyler

This 25 foot steel tree and benches provide people of all ages a place to read under the shade of a tree sculpture.

Windrose Park: 12859 N 83rd Ave
SW Corner of 83rd & Sweetwater Aves., Peoria, AZ 85381

The Rescuers
Artist: Art Norby

The Rescuers, the monument- sized sculpture by Arthur Norby of Carefree, AZ depicts a firefighter and police officer saving a young girl from a window. It serves as a visual centerpiece for the joint police and fire facility that opened in 2001.

Pinnacle Peak Public Safety Station
23100 N Lake Pleasant Rd, Peoria, AZ 85383

River Then, River Now, River Future
Artists: Jeff East and Rebecca Ross

The 545-foot long mural project consists of more than 15,000 handmade tiles, and is the result of four years of involvement from the Tempe community. About 3,500 participants, ranging from school-aged children to senior citizens, created small and large collaborative tiles. The imagery represents the past, present and future of the Salt River area, and its history, natural habitat and future development.

Mounted on the south-facing retaining wall of the 202 Freeway, adjacent to the Rio Salado bike path on the north bank of Tempe Town Lake, between Mill Avenue and Rural Road. Tempe. AZ

Staring into the Sun
Artist: Kevin Berry

The Chandler Arts Commission selected artist Kevin Berry for the creation of a suspended metal sculpture for the rotunda of the Downtown Chandler Public Library. The artwork was designed as a statement on the illumination of knowledge that literature brings.

Chandler Public Library
Rotunda, 22 South Delaware Street, Chandler, AZ

The Sun and the Moon
Artist: Dale Chihuly

The Sun and the Moon consists of over 1,000 individually hand-blown pieces of glass. This 10-foot chandelier is suspended above the main lobby. Pictures

Foothills Branch Library
19055 N. 57th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308

Mon - Thu, 9 AM - 9 PM | Fri, 9 AM - 6 PM
Sat, 9 AM - 5 PM | Sun, 1 - 5 PM

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Tres Rios Butterfly Garden
Artist: Matt and Maria Salenger

Inspired by the natural and human influences on the life cycles of Arizona wetlands, the artist team created a beautiful & educational garden that provides habitat and food for native and migrating butterflies.

Tres Rios Wetlands Demonstration Project
91st Avenue and the Salt River south of Broadway Road

WaterWorks at Arizona Falls
Artist Team: Harries/Heder Collaborative, Inc. with Steve Martino

Arizona Falls, formed by a natural 20-foot drop along the Arizona Canal between what is now 56th and 58th streets, reopened in June 2003 as a restored hydroelectric plant and neighborhood gathering place where visitors can learn, interact and reflect.
The new Arizona Falls combines art, history and technology to generate clean electricity from the canal's waterfall. Pictures

Arizona Canal at G.R. Herberger Park
56th Street & Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Open 24 hours | On-site parking: 5:30 AM - 10 PM

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