45 Haikus, 2019.

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Client: City of Mesa

Location: Mesa, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team

Artist

John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art

Public Art Agent

MB Finnerty

Valley Metro

Overview

45 steel artworks and 45 corresponding student written Haiku poems create a narrative depicting imagined neighborhood environments. The color-coordinated steel panels span out from existing light poles, enhancing the multi-modal experience along Mesa’s Main Street.

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

45 Haikus is the end result of a collaboration between Mesa Public Art and our studio. Students from varying public schools in Mesa submitted Haikus to be considered and ten were eventually chosen to have their poem included along the light rail line.