see Dan Mayer's stunning public art piece, "Variable Order" (along with many other great pieces) Oct. 17!
IN RECOGNITION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH
THE PHOENIX OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE PRESENTS A WALKING TOUR OF THE AWARD-WINNING ARTIST-DESIGNED TERRAZZO AT PHX SKY TRAIN
FRIDAY, OCT. 17 AT 6 P.M.
As part of the City of Phoenix recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program will lead a free guided tour of the artist-designed terrazzo floors at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s PHX Sky Train stations and connector bridges on Friday October 17, 2014. The tour begins at 6 p.m.at The Gallery @ City Hall, 200 West Washington St., Phoenix.
Several of the artists and fabricators from Advance Terrazzo who made and installed the works, which received the 2013 Job of the Year Award from the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, will serve as tour guides. They will talk about the complex process of designing and integrating the terrazzo into the PHX Sky Train stations. The tour is one of numerous events celebrating October as National Arts and Humanities Month in the City of Phoenix. It highlights the public art projects featured in the exhibition “Art Under Foot: Handmade Floors at the PHX Sky Train,” on view through February 28, 2015 at The Gallery @ City Hall.
The Gallery will be open from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on October 17, to allow visitors to see the exhibition before taking Light Rail to the 44th Street Sky Train Station. Tour-goers will ride the free Sky Train from 44th Street to Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4, stopping for presentations at the 44th Street, East Economy Lot and Terminal 4 stations. For those who wish to join the tour at the airport, the tour will leave at 6:30 p.m. from the east side of the ground floor lobby at the 44th Street Sky Train Station. Car travelers are encouraged to use the Light Rail’s 38th Street Park and Ride, one stop west of the 44th Street Light Rail and Sky Train stations.
The art tour will include the following sites:
· 44th Street Pedestrian Bridge to Metro Light Rail, “Journey Through Nature” - Tucson painter Daniel Martin Diaz designed the terrazzo floor of the pedestrian bridge linking the Sky Train station to the 44th Street Light Rail platform. Known for his highly ornamental style of drawing and painting, Diaz combined floral and geometric patterns into a flowing design that leads passengers to an intricately detailed mandala at mid-bridge. Diaz added abalone shells, native desert stones and recycled glass to enrich the floor’s colors and textures. The floor is approximately 500 feet long and 40 feet wide.
· 44th Street Station Platform, “Tailplane Patterns” - Phoenix painter Fausto Fernandez, who relocated to Los Angeles and, more recently, El Paso, designed the terrazzo for the station platform. Known for paintings layered with colorful patterns and images inspired by the shapes of hand tools, Fernandez drew inspiration from airplane wings to create the floor’s rhythmic geometric pattern and sweeping bands of colors. He used 10 colors to create the design, and heightened the floor’s reflective qualities by adding aggregates of recycled, crushed glass and mirror. The floor is 440 feet long and ranges from 17 to 40 feet in width.
· East Economy Lot Station Platform, “Topo Magic” - Apache Junction painter Anne Coe, a fourth-generation Arizonan, designed the station floor. Known for her whimsical use of paintings to tell stories, Coe based the wiggling shapes and fluid contours of her terrazzo design on the stylized depictions of Arizona rivers, canyons and landforms found in topographic maps. The floor is 450 feet long, ranges from 12 to 36 feet in width, and includes 11 distinct colors.
· Terminal 4 Station Platform, “Variable Order” - Daniel Mayer, a book and letterpress artist who works and teaches at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, created a terrazzo floor that features more than 1,000 letter forms (the font is lower case Garamond italics) and two large-scale free-form handwritten phrases inspired by the wonder of travel. The floor is 480 feet long, ranges from 17 to 40 feet in width, and features richly detailed aggregate of stone, recycled crushed mirror, blue and clear glass, and abalone shell.
To attend the tour, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call602-262-4637. For more information, visit the Office of Arts and Culture website. Follow us on Twitter @phxartsculture.
Announcing Pyracantha Press' latest publication "Individualocracy" in collaboration with artist/architect Matthew Salenger (http://colabstudio.com/individualocracy) and ABBA Faculty Advisor, Dan Mayer!
Please join us for a special event at the Phoenix Art Museum:
Free to the public
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