Visual Arts

5 Favorite Pieces of Public Art in Scottsdale

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Here, in no particular order, are five of our favorite public works of art in Scottsdale. To see what else made the list, check out the complete Shine guide.

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Louise Nevelson's Windows to the West Welcoming you to Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is a metal work by the late Russian-born sculptor, whose angular pieces are on view throughout the country.

Soleri Bridge The late artist and architect Paolo Soleri designed the Soleri Bridge and Plaza as a solar calendar and gathering spot for tourists and design enthusiasts at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Robert Indiana's LOVE In red and blue letters, this iconic, Instagram-ready Pop Art sculpture is carved from polychromed aluminum and a must-see at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

James Turrell's Knight Rise Venture to SMoCA's Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Garden and you'll find Knight Rise, a calming public art space that frames the sky.

Bob Parks' Bronze Horse Fountain In the middle of the Old Town roundabout is a statue that harks back to Scottsdale's cowboy town history: five bronze Arabian horses bucking in a fountain.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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