A Deeper Dive into Public Art in Scottsdale, Part 2:
What other types of public art are part of Scottsdale’s collection and what role does Scottsdale Public Art play in the care of these pieces for our community? Scottsdale Public Art tackles art conservation and restoration, manages the city of Scottsdale’s Municipal Art Collection, and creates exhibitions at the Civic Center Library.
As stewards of public art, it is our responsibility and desire to ensure that the art is in good condition for future generations and maintains the artist’s original intent. Art conservation and restoration is a continuous process. Recent efforts include refreshing James Turrell’s Knight Rise and replacing the lights of Curtis Pittman’s Diamond Bloom.
The harsh Arizona sun plays a large part in restoration needs; Robert Indiana’s LOVE must be repainted annually. And the glass and grates of Bob Adams’s Copper Falls must be cleaned once a year to keep it free of dirt and rapid algae growth. During the summer, the water is turned off to prevent clogs in the pumps of the waterfall.
The city’s Municipal Art Collection, also known as the Scottsdale Public Art Portable Works Collection, consists of more than 1,000 pieces. The collection dates to 1968 and comprises mostly 2D artworks. The rotating artwork is on display in city offices and is occasionally shown in exhibitions at the Civic Center Public Gallery, with 60 to 75 percent of the collection rotating out of the vault.
Exhibitions at the Civic Center Library tell stories of our past and relay our hopes of the future through local perspectives. Past Exhibitions at Civic Center Library include FIRST: Native American Artists of Arizona, Pictures Tell Stories: Children’s Book Illustrations, and WEST—Arizona Artists of Color. The current exhibition, Designed to Move: Seeds that Float, Fly or Hitchhike Through the Desert Southwest, is on display until September 30. We’ll see you there!
Stay tuned for part three of this blog series to learn more about public art in Scottsdale.