Steve Dreiseszun's The Heart of Phoenix?

Steve Dreiseszun's The Heart of Phoenix?
Stephen G. Dreiseszun/Viewpoint Photographers (Click on the image for a full-size version.)

Name: Steve Dreiseszun 

Medium: Digital Photography
 

Created in March 2010, this image was my contribution for the 26 Blocks project, Block "V" in Downtown Phoenix. 

Tasked with telling the story of the "0/0" block of Phoenix, once considered our 'town square' and now part of the new CityScape project, I felt a good deal of responsibility to put personal opinions aside. However, I was refused access to the site while under construction, which led me to capture this image as an outsider trying to look in. 

Finding a number of visual statements within the basic composition, I chose to add a few graphic elements that touch on the history and politics of this block. Looking back, I believe this is a metaphor for the identity crisis Phoenix continues to wrestle with over its "heart." 


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?

98: William LeGoullon's Table

96. 

Kyle DeWitt's Tempe Center for the Arts

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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