Thursday, February 23, 2017
On the back side of the Phoenix Convention Center is a little seen work of art called the Hohokam Camshaft Gates. Back in 1994, the city of Phoenix commissioned two artists, Robert Adams and Michael Maglich to create a set of gates for loading area of the convention center. With a nod to the trucking industry, they designed the spindles on the gate to look like the camshaft of a diesel truck and in honor of the native Americans who were the first urban dwellers of Phoenix, they added the masks on the top of the gate.
The masks were sculpted by C. Matt Thomas and are based on prehistoric figurines crafted by the Hohokam Indians.
It really is a fun piece of art that people seldom see since it's located on the back side of the convention center.