Client: City of Tempe Arizona, Public Art
Location: Tempe, AZ, United States
Completion date: 2019
Director of Public Art
Rebecca Blume Rothmans
City of Tempe
Walk in the Park is a fully integrated artwork that creates a connection between the landscape of Estrada Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Artist Mary Shindell was inspired by the site-specific botanical elements in the neighborhood to create patterns in the fitness path and play areas at the park. Mosaics in the pathway at the entrances were created to provide color and detail for all entering the park. Several mosaics were placed along the fitness path to coincide with the location of actual plants. Shindell incorporated images of the park’s legacy trees in combination with the plants from the new landscape design. Colorful new additions to the landscape like Desert Marigolds, Orange Jubilee, and Bougainvillea Flowers were merged together with line work to create active areas in the fitness path. On the playground and in the work out areas these botanicals became large shapes of color connected by a vine throughout the park. Walk in the Park was created to provide interest for visitors of all ages.
Walk in the Park, Fitness Path, Estrada Park Lithomosaic pathway, seven ground plane panels, total 240sf, Estrada Park rubberized safety surfacing playground and fitness areas, total 8,500sf, 1801 East Palomino Drive, Tempe, Arizona. Commissioned by the City of Tempe Public Art, April 2019