Flora, Fauna, Humana (Night), 2019.

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Client: City of Mesa

Location: Mesa, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team

Artist

John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art

Public Art Director

MB Finnerty

Valley Metro

Fabricator

Gretchen Wilde

Airpark Signs and Graphics

Overview

Compromised of six station medallions located at the Valley Metro Light-Rail station in Mesa, AZ, this project uses botanical vernacular to extend beyond science and touch on themes of growth, potential and transformation. Here the analogy between animal, plant and human growth represents “blooming” and the abundant promise of the future.

Goals

The goal of this project was to create a drive-thru gallery of narrative art along the expanded light-rail line in the city of Mesa, Arizona.

Process

After discussing a concept and direction with Valley Metro and the city of Mesa, we presented several ideas. With feedback from the selection committee, the desert fauna theme was chosen. Flora, Fauna, Humana is the end result of a collaboration between Mesa Public Art, Valley Metro and our studio.