Art in Public Places
These projects represent creative works of art visually accessible to the general public that contribute to aesthetic appreciation, add to a sustainable-based culture and encourage sustainability (public or privately owned).
The winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards gala presented by SRP in the spring of 2022.
Inside a 35,000 square foot raw warehouse space built in the 1950’s in downtown Phoenix, AZ, two artists embarked upon a major mixed media art installation-performance piece. The purpose was to bring awareness to issues around immigration reform, social justice, and behaviors that inspire and create lasting change that benefit and sustain life for all. Joan Baron and Gloria Martinez-Granados, Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Town of Miami creatively turned old sewer manholes into a public art project. The manholes had been sitting along the highway over 20 years, They would never decompose if taken to the landfill and it would also would have been a great expense to the town. With the help of artist Patty Sjolin, the Town turned the manholes into beautifully painted planters featuring desert flora and fauna and placed them along highway 60 to welcome visitors. Town of Miami, Arizona
The revitalized Park Central project in Phoenix is not only a bustling mixed-use development, but a hub for arts and culture as well, featuring public art from local artists and special events throughout the property. The vision behind Park Central is to serve as a place that brings together the private sector, the public sector, the community and the arts. Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies
The Grand at Papago Park Center The Roosevelt Dam Feature and the Grand Canal Relocation and Multi-Use Path, each part of The Grand at Papago Park Center mixed-use development, were designed to celebrate and pay homage to two of the most important infrastructure projects in Arizona: the Roosevelt Dam and the Grand Canal. The projects demonstrate an awareness of sustainability and inspires solutions with minimal water use, The Grand at Papago Park Center establishes a model that can be replicated by other communities for improvements along the Valley’s canal system. Papago Park Center
“Traceries” comprises eight brightly colored recycle/trash bins designed by Arizona artist Mary Bates Neubauer, located on the multi-use pathway at the Scottsdale Waterfront. While the project began as a collaboration between Scottsdale Public Art and the city of Scottsdale’s Solid Waste Services to promote recycling and zero-waste, it resulted in a series of visually stunning pieces of art that can be used and enjoyed year-round. Scottsdale Arts
The Veterans Reflection Circle project demonstrates the city of Surprise’s commitment to veterans, public art, creative project delivery, strategic communication, and overwhelming generosity. Painted murals throughout the site and a water-filled garden with vegetation attractive to butterflies, all serve to embrace how the power of nature can provide comfort to those who served so bravely. What started as a modest tribute to honor a national hero from Surprise blossomed into a powerful memorial that must be seen to be appreciated. City of Surprise
Water=Life was a collaborative project led by Mesa Arts Center that celebrated the multifaceted roles of water in human life and its critical importance, especially to desert dwellers. A cross-cultural public art project celebrating water and inspiring conservation, it acknowledged the contributions of the ancestral Sonoran Desert dwellers to regional water infrastructure and sought to enhance understanding of different ideas about the relationship to water among Native and non-Native cultures. City of Mesa