Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Central Avenue Medallions

The Central Avenue Medallions is a Phoenix Public Art project designed to contribute to the unique character and identity of Central Avenue. Four artists, Juan and Patricia Navarrete of Taos New Mexico, Doug Weigel of Scottsdale, and Howard Sice of Tucson were asked to collaborate on the forms using Native American petroglyph images as the basis for their design but to elaborate on them through their own imaginations.





There are over 300 solid copper medallions that cover a 3.75 mile section of Central Avenue. They are mounted on pedestrian light poles along the street.

6 comments:

Hope said...

I really like these medallions on the lightposts!

Hilda said...

I love them!

I love almost all native/ethnic arts and crafts of different countries, and of art being used and displayed in public spaces.

Laurie said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! When were these installed? I haven't been to Phoenix in a decade but I don't remember them.

Per Stromsjo said...

Seems like a real nice initiative. A bit of history through contemporary art.

Wayne said...

Cool project.

I don't know if these lamp posts are unique to Phoenix but I have never seen them before. I like them.

Susie of Arabia said...

Since I left Arizona some 16 years ago, after growing up there and spending most of my adult life there, I have noticed that Arizona seems to have really embraced its different heritages - cowboy, Indian, and Mexican. Both Phoenix and Tucson have become much more colorful than they used to be and I am in awe every time I visit the state. I love the medallions and I love anything copper!!!