The artists created a resting place at
the fire station, along the busy pedestrian corridor around John C. Lincoln
Hospital in Sunnyslope. The artists worked with children at three local
elementary schools, many of whom were recent immigrants to the United States,
and had them draw animals representing their countries of origin. The artists
then created six unique chairs. Each
chair is tiled with porcelain, and each contains adaptations of the animals
drawn by the children, as well as one Arizona animal to represent America’s
ability to welcome newcomers. The chairs
are arranged in a loose semicircle in a slightly recessed, paved area carved
out of the side yard of the fire station.
The seating area is contained by low seat walls with brick facing that
matches the walls of the fire station.
Six new trees and colorful groundcover landscaping were added around the
seating area to provide beauty and welcome shade to visitors and
passersby. The seating area and
landscaping were built by Banicki Construction.