Leslie-Jean Thornton's Garden Grow

Leslie-Jean Thornton's Garden Grow
Leslie-Jean Thornton

Artist: Leslie-Jean Thornton
Medium: Digital Photography

This was taken in April 2011 -- a grab shot seen by chance as I was driving near Roosevelt in downtown Phoenix. The garden took my breath so I pulled over to capture the image. Suddenly, a woman appeared in the perfect hollyhock-matching dress in the well-placed branch-formed arch. Click.

I love how the parking meter grows in the flowers. The scene, for me, epitomizes how Phoenix comes to life fleetingly, vibrantly and in cycles, and how beauty is spotted by looking. Two months later, that was a dirt garden.


The countdown to Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix.  No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?

Imagine PHX, so far: 
100: Steven Revering's Westward Ho
99: Jon Ashcroft's Suspended in Geography 

98: William LeGoullon's Table
97. Jason Hill's Phoenix Financial Center

89. 

Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain

88. 

Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang

 


87. 

Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix

86. 

Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper

85. 

Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape

 


84. 

Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact

83. 

Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen

82. 

Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel

81. 

Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur

80. 

Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast

79. 

Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows

78. 

Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre

77. 

Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee

76. 

Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell

75. 

Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3

74. 

Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro

73. 

Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp

72. 

Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center

70. 

Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound

66. 

Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest

43. 

Jill Johnson's Downtown Is ...

39. 

Sebastien Millon's "Phoenix. It's Fabulous."
And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration. 

Have a suggestion for a Phoenix icon by a local creative? Leave it in the comments section or email Claire.Lawton@newtimes.com


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