​​​​​Dunlap Avenue Tree Guards​​

 

 

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ARTIST:    Garth Edwards
DATE:   1990
LOCATION:  Dunlap Avenue from Central to 7th St.,  
TYPE:   Streetscape
MATERIALS:   Painted Steel
BUDGET:   $65,000
DISTRICT:   3
ZIP CODE:   ​85020


Artist Garth Edwards produced a series of individualized tree guards for the newly widened stree​tscape of Dunlap Avenue.  The tree guards, which both protect the street’s new elms and serve as a sculptural gateway into the Sunnyslope village core, feature larger-than-life metal profiles of human figures.  The figures face the street as sentinels welcoming people into the Sunnyslope village core.  According to the artist, some of the figures represent typical and not-so-typical residents of Sunnyslope.  Others are more fictionalized creations that can represent anything viewers want them to be.

The project includes 100 tree guards, 40 of which have figurative attachments.  All are made from welded steel and painted with a matte-black finish.