The design intent for the project by Nicomia artist team of Mike Osborne and Tane Clark was to create a sculpture that also functions as a fence and gate structure. The fence is 425 lineal feet and surrounds the main courtyard of the former historic Monroe School. The fence is constructed of steel with custom art accents, column elements made from block and stucco with a metallic copper paint finish. It replaces the chain link fence previously in place. The fence fabrication was done by E 2 Innovations Inc.
The forms that come together to create the fence are meant to be abstract allowing the public to explore and notice the similarities of shape and relationship between the past and present. The artists determined that, through repetition of pattern, symmetrical design, geometric forms, material selection and color palette, the design compliments the magnificent building and is a testimony to history, the community, mathematics and design, as well as art and architecture. “Pathways" is an inviting work of art that welcomes visitors to the Children's Museum of Phoenix with a spirit of respect, playfulness and discovery.