I took this photo last winter while on a home tour that was a fund-raising event for a local organization. At the time I had no idea who the artist was. I just liked the look of this little javelina like animal.
Recently I purchase a book about art in the Phoenix area and found a picture of more of these little creatures. I learned that the artist is Theodore Troxel, a local artist who creates things from found objects or throw-away stuff. He mostly creates animal shapes or small utilitarian objects.
These little indigenous creatures are made from materials left at construction sites. This little fellow is made from pieces of wood and left over roofing materials. It struck me that this art is somehow apropos of the stalled housing industry we are currently experiencing in this part of the country.