​​​​​​CENTRAL AVENUE

PETROGLYPH MEDALLIONS​​​​

 

 

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ARTIST:   Howard Sice, Juan and Patricia Navarrete & Douglas Weigel,
DATE:   1990
LOCATION:  Central Avenue between Culver and Camelback
TYPE:   Streetscape
MATERIALS:   Copper
BUDGET:   $136,000
DISTRICT: 3, 4, 7, 8
ZIP CODE:   85003, 85004, 85012, 85013​​


The goal of this project was to invite artists to design and fabricate 300 copper medallions (approximately 39 inches in diameter) which would contribute to the unique character and identity of Central Avenue as well as reflect the rich historical and contemporary cultural heritage of Phoenix.  The completed designs are placed on pedestrian light poles along the three mile segment of Central Avenue such that no street block will have the same design represented twice.

The artists developed 18 different designs based on authentic petroglyph images indigenous to Arizona, primarily from the Hohokam and Anasazi tribes.  The designs were fabricated using contemporary and traditional metal-working techniques in solid copper from Arizona.