After they drained the marshlands for another sub-division the Swamp Beast
realized it was time to move on. The un-dead bluesman within him was drawn
to the sound of a lonesome whistle so he ended up on a west bound train.

But trains don't stop much these days, and the poor lumbering peat bog found
himself in Tempe. The Swamp Beast sniffed out the closest wild water he
could find and bedded down beneath the 202 and the 101.

Slowly he turned into a troll. But the speeding motorists above were too
distracted by their cell phones and changing lanes to be terrorized by his
appearance on the side of the road.

So he started wandering away from the high-speed intersection. He wandered
East, the only way not too dense with suburbia. As we wandered around the
Reservation and Apache Junction he turned into a mummy, but he had to use
discarded fast food wrappers for his cloths and he couldn't find any
pyramids big enough to hide him so he kept wandering ever further away from
those pesky frantic humans.

When he finally hit the Superstition Mountains, he noticed other ethereal
beings wandering around. The soul of a Dutchman, the salt pillars of a
wandering tribe, and the coyote seemed like decent enough spirits. He
decided to stop his wanderings and put some roots down. He raised his hand
in praise for finally finding a place to belong and became a Saguaro.

Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast

Artist: Kevin Patterson
Medium: Literary

(Patterson is currently getting ready for the apocalypse and recording his findings here).

The countdown to Best of Phoenix begins! 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


Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain


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


Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix


Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper


Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape


Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact


Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen


Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel


Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur

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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