One-Eyed Jack, 2018. - CODAworx

One-Eyed Jack, 2018.

Client: City of Scottsdale

Location: Scottsdale, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team


John Randall Nelson

Nelson Public Art

Public Art Agent

Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker

Scottsdale Public Art

Public Art Agent

Donna Isaac

Scottsdale Public Art


Ryan Ruff

R.J. Ruff and Co.


“One- Eyed Jack” is a public art sculpture in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sculpte is painted steel with dimensions of 26’ x 16’ x 12’ 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.


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


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.