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Public Art in AZ

Are you interested in finding public art locations in Arizona? If so, you came to the right place. Find a complete list of places to find public art in AZ. Learn all about the Arizona public art scene right here!

7383 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251


See The Sky With New Eyes At The Knight Rise Skyspace
World renowned artist James Turrell has created 12 permanently installed Skyspaces. Knight Rise Skyspace situated in Scottsdale is one of only four Skyspaces open to the public in the US. 

The experience of a sunset or sunrise in the Skyspace is like never before. Visitors also feel that the sky is getting closer and filled with magical light, as though you can almost reach out and touch it. This Public Art in Scottsdale, Arizona is a not –to-be-missed experience.

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7135 East Camelback Road , Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Experience The Brilliance of Lights & Sounds
This Doors and Sound Passage structure is situated in downtown Scottsdale. It is made of Ipe (a type of Brazilian hardwood), polished stainless steel, L.E.D. lights, and thousands of stainless steel rivets and strapping. It is almost like a kaleidoscope. People venturing inside this kaleidoscopic sculpture find numerous reflections of themselves and an oculus which creates the optical illusion of a geodesic dome. This public art was designed by Artist Donald Lipski in Arizona. 

The experience within the structure is enhanced with a Sound Passage by sound artist Jim Green (Denver, Colorado). Listen to many types of melodious, natural and mysterious selections that mitigate commotion created by the outside traffic, and the overall experience is really uplifting.

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4420 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Enjoy The Spectacular Sight At Soleri Bridge
Scottsdale’s spectacular Soleri Bridge and Plaza was designed and conceptualized by renowned artist, architect, Paolo Soleri. This brilliant piece of architecture is situated in downtown Scottsdale. It attracts all types of visitors from casual Waterfront visitors and local people, to travelers, students, architects, and art lovers. The bridge is constructed at a true north axis, to mark solar events produced by the sun’s shadow. The gap between both sets of pylons helps the sun to produce a beam of light as the earth rotates.

During the summer solstice (June 21st) there is no shadow as the sun is highest in the sky and similarly at the winter solstice (December 21st) the shadow is the longest and covers the bridge structure.  The bridge and plaza also celebrates the annual equinox events each year. Soleri Bridge and Plaza is a significant piece of public art in Arizona and the entry is free and open to the public every day.

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7380 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Spend A LOVEly Time at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
The “LOVE” sign was adopted during a time when the US was engulfed in the Vietnam War and it came to signify Peace. This famous sculpture has been conceived by Robert Indiana (1969-1999) and is recognized as the most celebrated works of the “pop art movement” specifically and the art world as a whole.

This famous public art in Arizona was purchased through the Scottsdale Public Art Program. LOVE is a 144" height by 144" width by 72" depth sculpture created from poly-chromed aluminum in red and blue colors, and weighs about 3,800 lbs. There are a number of different colored editions available in a lot of places; however Scottsdale's purchase was the first in a series of five. The LOVE is situated in the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

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North side of Marshall Way Bridge at Scottsdale Waterfront , Scottsdale , AZ 85251


Relive the Legacy of the Pony Express
This public art in Arizona is recreated as a reminder of the age old American tradition where fearless riders raced across the wild terrains of Arizona to deliver mail. Passing the Legacy is the endpoint for the Annual Hashknife Pony Express ride. 

The sculpture is almost lifelike with its fine detailing and superb action freeze-frame that portrays perfectly the distinctive portion of the American legacy.Passing the Legacy was created by Herb Mignery who is a noted western artist and sculptor. Passing the Legacy, a vintage 1860s horse and rider represent the original Pony Express that was created to carry mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, which is a distance of 1,960 miles.

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7600 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250


Beautiful Combination of Art & Science 
The beautiful combination of art and engineering comes alive in the form of Water Mark.  The Water Mark is situated at its dramatic narrowing point, the Indian Bend Wash and Scottsdale’s innovative flood control Greenbelt. Situated within the flood basin on both sides of Indian Bend, the artwork is both a roadside landmark and a barrier.

Heading towards the road traffic, each gargoyle has a different pose and stands guard, some with ears pricked back as if to listen to the water flow. During a dramatic flash flood, water pours from the gargoyles’ mouths. At night, the sculptures are subtlety up-lit with blue lights on the east side and yellow lights on the west side, representing water and the sun.

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