Chasing Zoe, 1998.


Client: Datepalm Manor neighborhood, Tempe, AZ.

Location: Tempe, AZ, United States

Completion date: 1998

Artwork budget: $55,000

Project Team


John Randall Nelson



Gail Marie Nelson



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.


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


“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.