​​​​Sonoran Desert Drive
Desert Spring

 

 

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ARTIST:  Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar
CONTRACTOR:  Haydon Building Corporation
FABRICATOR:  AZ Floor Co.
DATE:  2013
LOCATION:  Sonoran Desert Drive
TYPE Photo-mosaic tile streetscape
MATERIALS:  Photo-mosaic tile
BUDGET:  $888,648
DISTRICT:  2
ZIP CODE:  85027


Complementing the scenic views and lush trails at the Apache Wash Trailhead, a glass mosaic shines in the desert. The public art for the Sonoran roadway includes shade structures and seating for trail users, and photo-mosaics highlighting the beauty of plants in the Sonoran desert. The works were designed to be fully integrated into the roadway's three bridges across Apache Wash and Cave Creek Wash.

The artists worked with community representatives to develop their ideas for enhancing the bridges and providing trail amenities. They responded to the request to have bridges celebrate the beauty of the surrounding desert by designing photo-mosaic panels for the bridges. The mosaics – designed as an integral part of the bridge walls–depict a colorful panoramic view of the Sonoran desert's botanical beauty.

In addition to the mosaics, the artists worked with the project design and construction team to provide shaded viewing balconies and rest areas for bicyclists, hikers and other trail users. The artists and project team produced the shade structures and bridge railings in Palo Verde green, to better blend the bridge into the landscape.

This project was funded by the City of Phoenix Streets Transportation and Parks Department Percent for Art funds.