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Shadow Play

 

 

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ARTIST:  Meejin Yoon of Höweler + Yoon Architecture/MY Studio
DATE:  2015
LOCATION:  Roosevelt Street between First and Fourth Streets
TYPE:  Sculptural shade structures, seating, solar lighting and landscaping
MATERIALS:  Powder-coated steel and Corian seats
BUDGET:  $452,000
DISTRICT:  7
ZIP CODE:  85004


Shadow Play is a series of artist-designed shade structures, seating and landscaping at three sites along Roosevelt Street in the heart of the Roosevelt Arts District in downtown Phoenix. Solar-powered canopies draw renewable energy from the sun to light the space at night. The array of seven interconnected structures at the Roosevelt Street triangle between 3rd and 4th Streets provides a unique outdoor gathering space. Individual shade structures with seating are also located on the north side of Roosevelt Street at 1st and 2nd Streets. The overall street improvement narrowed Roosevelt Street, widened sidewalks, and added bicycle lanes, parking, trees and landscaping.

Meejin Yoon, of Höweler + Yoon Architecture/MY Studio, is an artist, architect, designer and educator who heads the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The shade structures were fabricated in Phoenix by Magnum Companies. The foundation and concrete work was constructed by Talis Construction Corporation.

This public art project was commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program with percent-for-art funds from the Phoenix Streets and Water Capital Improvement Programs, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, and the Arizona Department of Transportation.