Birdsong for Wiley, 2022. - CODAworx

Birdsong for Wiley, 2022.


Location: Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2022

Project Team

John Randall Nelson

Ryan Ruff

R.J. Ruff and Co.


Galvanized Steel, 6′ x 4′ x 6′
Like Edward Hick’s “Peaceable Kingdom”, here the Coyote lies with the Roadrunner, taking a break from his scripted role.
The title refers to Wile E. Coyote, the antagonist of the Roadrunner, but also gives a nod to William T. Wiley, the West Coast 60’s Funk artist.


“Birdsong for Wiley” also gives a stylistic nod to the abstract and pictographic petroglyphs that mark Arizona’s history engraved desert.