The Memory of a Tree is Strong - CODAworx

The Memory of a Tree is Strong

Client: Valley Metro Light Rail

Location: Mesa, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team


Sean Warfield


Public Art Agent

MB Finnerty

Valley Metro Light Rail


Mary Shindell


“The Memory of a Tree is Strong,” a cut-metal screen piece, defines and enhances Morris Plaza at Morris and Main Street in Mesa, Arizona as a part of the light rail expansion. I chose the pecan tree because pecan groves were once prevalent in Mesa. As the city grew, they were incorporated into residential developments on the north and south sides of Main Street. Water jet cut steel with powder coating, 12’h x 112’w x 15’d.


Integration was of upmost importance because the goal was to create an attractive screen element that would cover the Traction Power Substation. The TPSS was located in a prominent position facing both Main Street and Morris Plaza, a small park area.


This project was a collaboration between Valley Metro Light Rail, DWL Architects and several Mesa stakeholders including, adjacent businesses, neighborhoods, and the City of Mesa.

Additional Information

Fabricators: Accurate Waterjet, Precision Powdercoat