Bike Path Frames, 2016.


Client: City of Scottsdale

Location: Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $15,000

Project Team


John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art


Gretchen Wilde

Airpark Signs and Graphics


A series of view-finder frames, located on the bike path at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Each directs the viewer to a specific mountain view.


The goal of this project was to create a series of view-finder frames through which bicyclists could observe a specific mountain view and read a brief description of the mountains history. The view-finder artworks are located along the Salt River Project canal system in Scottsdale.


After meeting with public art consultants of the city of Scottsdale, we presented several site specific ideas. With feedback from the selection committee, the botanical bicycle theme was chosen. Bike Path Frames are the end result of a collaboration between Scottsdale Public Art and our studio.