The project consists of two sculptures by
artist Gordon Huether.
Made of stainless steel and dichroic glass, which refracts sunlight into
rainbow colors, the landmarks stand at the east and west ends of the
three-block improvement on Hatcher Road, from Central Avenue to Third Street.
In addition to the two sculptures, the streetscape improvements include
sidewalk and landscape enhancements to improve the pedestrian environment.
Mr. Huether drew
inspiration for the works from the shape of prickly pear cactus paddles and the
iconic “S” displayed on the side of North Mountain, in Sunnyslope. He combined
these elements to create the two 6-foot tall sculptures mounted on large slabs
of native stone. Each sculpture is made of two layers of 1/2” waterjet-cut
stainless steel. Small dichroic glass circles are randomly placed throughout
the surfaces to capture and refract light into colors that change as you move
past the works. The stone used for the sculpture was quarried not far from the
Hatcher Road site, in North Phoenix.