Neighborhood Roots

Submitted by Pete Goldlust

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Client: City of Glendale / Heroes Regional Public Library

Location: Glendale, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $203,000

Project Team

Artist

Pete Goldlust

Artist

Melanie Germond

Client

City of Glendale

Overview

Commissioned in 2018 by The City of Glendale (AZ) for Heroes Regional Park Library and completed in 2019. Several artist-designed elements explore iconography of the historical theme, “Neighborhood Roots: Sugar Beets to Cotton and Beyond.” Budget: $200,000 (includes main library terrazzo floor, exterior wall-mounted sculpture, and etched glass entryway) / Dimensions: 17.5’ x 9’ (metal relief sculpture), 74’ x 26’ (terrazzo floor), 15’ x 8’ (printed vinyl mural), 18’ x 14’ (etched glass)

Goals

The three integrated art elements that make up the Neighborhood Roots installation celebrate the natural and agricultural history of Glendale and the local Yucca District. Regional iconography includes cotton, sugar beets, poppies, hummingbirds, quail, and dragonflies, among other symbols of the area. The three works weave these images, along with other whimsical and ornamental design elements, into an undulating latticework of line drawings that welcome visitors through the library’s entryway and atrium.