One-Eyed Jack, 2018.

Submitted by Nelson Public Art

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Client: City of Scottsdale

Location: Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

Artist

John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art

Public Art Agent

Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker

Scottsdale Public Art

Public Art Agent

Donna Isaac

Scottsdale Public Art

Fabricator

Ryan Ruff

R.J. Ruff and Co.

Overview

Painted steel, 26’ x 16’ x 12’, Scottsdale, AZ, 2018. One-Eyed Jack is a symbol of fecundity, rebirth, and like Lewis Carroll’s fictional White Rabbit, it beckons us to make the leap down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Historically, rabbits are associated with reproduction. They are a recurring motif in the arts as old as the cave paintings of Lascaux. They symbolize fertility, magic, transformation, intuition, the power of listening and clairaudience.

Goals

The goal of this project was to create a signature landmark for the Marshall Way Arts District in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Process

After meeting with the Scottsdale public art stakeholders, we presented several ideas. With feedback from the selection committee, the desert jack-rabbit theme was chosen. One-Eyed Jack is the end result of a collaboration between Scottsdale Public Art, the stakeholders, and our studio.