The underpass was conceived as a safe link for pedestrians crossing between the Biltmore Fashion Park and the Esplanade along Camelback Road. The artists, selected through a competitive process, have transformed a utilitarian pedestrian underpass crossing into an inviting, safe, and memorable experience. The intent is also to provide a meaningful space and a community asset.
Focusing on the floor of the underpass, the artists designed a floral “carpet” out of exterior-grade terrazzo flooring. The welcoming carpet brings the indoors outside and the design itself celebrates the magnificent colors of Arizona desert flowers with accents of butterflies. The familiarity of a carpet brings memories of home to the public realm, reaffirming a sense of belonging and community. The carpet is composed of thirteen different colors and extends into the south plaza. There are 166 butterflies that form a distinctive pattern. The work makes the experience of crossing entirely inviting, appealing, and unique. The carpet is both a beautiful design using elegant materials and introduces a sense of fantasy and wit to everyday life.