Birdsong for Wiley, 2020.


Client: City of Peoria, AZ

Location: Peoria, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $12,000

Project Team


John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art

Public Art Director

Susan Hardiman

City of Peoria


Ron Ruff

R.J. Ruff and Co.


“Birdsong for Wiley”, is a public art piece sited at Peoria Public Library in Peoria, Arizona. “Birdsong for Wiley” is a lark and a fantasy. Like Edward Hick’s “Peaceable Kingdom”, here the Coyote lays down with the Roadrunner, taking a break from his scripted role. The title refers to Wile E. Coyote, the antagonist of the Roadrunner (beep beep), but also gives a nod to William T. Wiley, the West Coast Funk artist who had an outsized influence on my own work.


The goal was to create a signature artwork for the Peoria Public Library.


John Randall Nelson and Ron Ruff partnered with the City of Peoria to produce "Birdsong for Wiley" After discussing a concept and direction with Peoria Public Library and the City of Peoria, we presented several ideas. With feedback from the selection committee, the Coyote/Birds theme was chosen.