Chasing Zoe: Streetscape, Tempe, AZ.

Submitted by Nelson Public Art

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Client: Datepalm Manor neighborhood, Tempe, AZ.

Location: Tempe, AZ, United States

Artwork budget: $55,000

Project Team

Artist

John Randall Nelson

Whonelson

Artist

Gail Marie Nelson

Whonelson

Overview

The intent was to create a visual marker and to engage the neighborhood in a dialogue of discovery, personal involvement and community pride.

The narrative references the pedestrian nature of the neighborhood. Mill Avenue is the street that hosts the many events and festivals held in downtown Tempe.

Goals

A neighborhood development project addressing the issue of identity within a diversified, culturally mixed neighborhood.

The intent is to create a visual marker and to engage the neighborhood in a dialogue of discovery, personal involvement and community pride.

Process

“Chasing Zoe,” a streetscape located on Mill Avenue in Tempe was designed and built with the
assistance of the neighborhood residents and the Ceramics students at nearby Tempe High School.
Through a series of workshops and e-mailings all participants were kept up to date on the times and
details of participation.

Additional Information

The project was a success in bringing together neighbors of all generations. The “dedication” included Mayor Neil G. Giuliano and the entire City Counsel. Being awarded “Best Public Art Project” by The Phoenix New Times added to the sense of accomplishment for all participants.