Client: City of Avondale, Arizona
Location: Avondale, AZ, United States
Completion date: 2022
Artwork budget: $65,000
Fairfield Enterprises, LLC
Computer renderings, fabrication drawings and machine files
David Olsen Computer Services
Interlocked monumental stainless steel new media hearts 10’HX18’LX2’D for newly constructed fire station #175, Avondale, Arizona. Grateful Hearts was created as a tribute to all those who serve the public in the City of Avondale, whose commitment to their professions provides outstanding services to the residents of the City of Avondale and surrounding communities. The hearts are constructed of spiral box tubing in a helical form that references DNA’s helical form, the molecule we all have that determines our very existence, our interconnectedness as human beings, and which carries the information that enables us to help and care for one another – to love our neighbors!
The inside of the box tubing contains LED strips of lights (with approximately 3600 LED lights} plus there are 4- 50 watt LED spotlights all of which are programmed to emit light and glow in different colors and patterns, enabling the hearts to change color and emit different patterns at night. This inner light comes pouring out through the cut out letters in both English and Spanish of a Cesar Chavez quote: “grant us courage to serve others – for in service is true life” to pay tribute to those who serve their fellow citizens.
Goals: To honor and pay tribute to all those professionals and volunteers who provide services to others in the City of Avondale; To use heart symbology to reinforce Avondale’s branding campaign of the heart as a visual indication that the City cares for all its employees, volunteers, residents and visitors; To have an iconic visual monumental public art sculpture to draw attention to the newly constructed Fire House #175 in Avondale; to build a permanent public art sculpture collection within the city.