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”, Sited at Peoria Public Library, Peoria, AZ, 2020.

“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.