​​​​​​​Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

A Bit of the Grand 48​​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   Jose Gonzales
DATE:   2000
LOCATION:  PSHIA Terminal 4
TYPE:   Airport
MATERIALS:   ceramic 
BUDGET:   $35,000
DISTRICT:   8​
ZIP CODE:   ​85034​


​This ceramic tile mural, titled A Bit of the Grand 48th, investigates the history of Arizona, which became the 48th state in 1912. Arizona's earliest inhabitants - Apache dancers, vaqueros, prospectors, Spanish explorers, farmers and cowboys - spring from the bottom of the piece in a dy​namic upward movement. Symbols of industrial growth, from the stagecoach to the railroad, mingle and fuse in the desert landscape representing definable moments in the state's diverse history.