Public Art

Projects that highlight and enrich our region’s sense of place and the cultures that inform it.

Percent for Art (Public)

We coordinate project teams that oversee the production and installation of artwork in public facilities, transportation projects, neighborhood centers, and parks.

Percent for Art currently assigns one percent of public development project budgets toward art.

Since 1986, more than 200 public art projects have been completed in metropolitan Tucson and Pima County. Explore our public art map to find art in your neighborhood and visit these works in person!

Percent for Art (Private)

In Tucson, The Arts Foundation works with private developers are taking steps to ensure a percentage of private development project budgets are set aside toward the development of public art in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Stay tuned for more news, initiatives, and actions items.

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A selection of works in progress:

  • "Wet Wheel"

    Artist: Joe O’Connell (Creative Machines)
    Project: "Wet Wheel"
    Location: Downtown Links

    Wet Wheel is a 16-foot diameter sculpture that resembles a bike wheel straddling the mixed-use path alongside Downtown Links. The absent spokes are simulated by a spritz of water triggered by an approaching cyclist. Users of the path can choose to go through Wet Wheel or take an alternate path.

  • "Columnar Sculpture" (Working Title)

    Artist: Cork Marcheschi
    Project: "Columnar Sculpture" (Working Title)
    Location: Downtown Links

    The vertical form of Cork Marchechi’s sculpture will cast a long, straight shadow. Its tall, columnar form will be fabricated from aluminum plates, allowing solid glass spheres to catch light during the day and be illuminated by LED lights at night. The sculpture will be located alongside Downtown Links to the east of 4th Avenue.

  • "Grand Pianophone" & "Chime Harp"

    Artist: Gregg Payne
    Project: "Grand Pianophone" & "Chime Harp"
    Location: Downtown Links

    Payne’s interactive musical sculptures are intended to be user-friendly for all ages. The two sculptures, to be located in the Deck Plaza alongside Downtown Links at 9th Avenue, add to the community life of Tucson’s near downtown neighborhoods.

  • Pima County Animal Care

    Artist: Roger White Stoller (Recommended Artist)
    Project: Pima County Animal Care
    Location: 4000 North Silverbell Road

    Stoller will create artwork for a newly constructed, state-of-the-art Animal Care Facility on Silverbell Road. His design process is just beginning. Stoller works in metal to create flowing, graceful forms that may include details for site specificity and reference.

  • Houghton Road

    Artist: Simon Donovan, Ben Olmstead, and Lauri Slenning
    Project: Houghton Road
    Location: Broadway to 22nd Street Roadway project (SR1F)

    A larger-than-life sized mare and foal shift in and out of perspective as drivers pass along Houghton Road south of 22nd Street. The sculptures are made of multiple steel plates, cut in the shapes of the horses’ 3-dimensional forms and welded together; the effect creates a sense of solid form from one viewing perspective before dissolving into an open-air, barely-visible form from another.

  • "Stratascape"

    Artist: Kevin S. Berry
    Project: "Stratascape"
    Location: Silverbell Road between Grant and Goret Roads

    Roadside monuments, made of precast concrete benches with gabion bench bases, mark the washes and the crossings along Silverbell Road. The monuments include the names of the many washes that cross Silverbell Road, while cutout silhouettes of chollas add to the vertical forms of the sculptures.

  • "Spoked Cathedral"

    Artist: Joe O’Connell (Creative Machines)
    Project: "Spoked Cathedral"
    Location: Pantano River, south of Speedway on The Loop

    “Spoked Cathedral” is a freestanding, arched window that has patterns from old gothic cathedral windows. The sculpture reflects the artist’s feeling that his church is out in nature. As an avid cyclist, the artist has added elements to the sculpture recognizable to cyclists who ride The Loop, such as the use of bicycle rims and chaining bolts throughout the design.

  • Los Reales Landfill

    Artist: Troy Neiman
    Project: Los Reales Landfill
    Location: Along the main entrance road of the Los Reales Landfill

    Neiman is an artist working in ceramics and steel; he has always been interested in exploring ways for upcycled materials to fit together in order to expand the possibilities of how something is used, while also generating ideas of creative re-use of refuse. This new work will include recycled materials and reflect the new mission of the landfill as being a state-of-the-art environmental service center.

  • "Origins"

    Artist: Rebecca Thompson and Augustina Droze
    Project: "Origins"
    Location: Valencia Road (Wade Road to Mark Road)

    A tall, four-sided sculpture with a twist, this perforated metal and cast acrylic sculpture combines images of nature with a modern form. The enlarged images of cactus pads and blooms provide patterning in vivid colors; the alternating images reference viewing patterns and colors at a cellular level.

  • Pantano-Wrightstown Snake Sculpture Restoration

    Artist: Katie Cooper in collaboration with PPEP
    Project: Pantano-Wrightstown Snake Sculpture Restoration
    Location: Pantano and Wrightstown Median

    This restoration project helped preserve an original artwork, built in 2005 by youth from Tucson Accelerated High School. Katie Kokoskie, an art teacher from Tucson Accelerated High School, led the original project, which was installed by City of Tucson Transporation staff. In 2006, Katie Cooper repaired the snakehead to its current state.

 

“It is only in listening and cultivating listening that we begin to make space for community knowledge that is the wellspring of social change – that is, we allow communities to begin drawing their own collective maps.”

– Valerie Martinez, Executive Director and Core Artists, Littleglobe (Santa Fe, NM)

 

Public art panels and committees

The Public Art and Design Committee oversees the process for the installation of all public artworks, beginning with a call to artists and culminating with the completion of the project.
The committee is comprised of seven members appointed by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, five appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors, seven appointed by the Mayor and Council, and one each by the City Manager and County Manager Supervisor. The Chair is appointed by the Arts Foundation Board Chair.

Public Art Committee

  • Amy J. Wacker
  • Ann Keuper
  • Barbara Burstein, Chair
  • Carla Dominice-Newton
  • Ceci Garcia
  • Chris Tanz
  • Darlene Showalter
  • Dick Eggerding
  • Emily Elias
  • Jeff Grubic
  • Kenna Smith
  • Kelly Huber
  • Lee Malaby
  • Maureen Lueck
  • Michelle Rouch
  • Mykl Wells
  • Roberta Zelikow
  • Susan Silverman
  • Terry Chandler
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