Looking Through the Past - CODAworx

Looking Through the Past

Submitted by UrbanRock Design

Client: City of Tempe, Cultural Services Division

Location: Tempe, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $75,000

Project Team


Jeanine Centuori

UrbanRock Design


Russell Rock

UrbanRock Design


Phil Weddle

Weddle Gilmore Architects


The museum’s photographic and artifact collection is represented through a half-tone pattern. The process of creating dots is translated into a system of solids and voids in sheet aluminum. This piece references early newspaper halftone print methods, as well as offering a commentary on the elusive nature of history.


The main goal of "Looking Through the Past" was to create an announcement for the Tempe Museum along Southern Road, as well as to lead pedestrians to the museum.


UrbanRock Design worked closely with the Arts Commission and the museum staff to identify appropriate artifacts and photographs from their collection. These images were then translated into six panels for the artworks that were located along the road and in the parking lot.