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NEW ARTIST-DESIGNED SHADE STRUCTURES TO BE DEDICATED IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIXNEW ARTIST-DESIGNED SHADE STRUCTURES TO BE DEDICATED IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX<div class="ExternalClass64A9DEEFBA7E4A36BA9A88CF0D8E78EC"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p><strong>June 26, 2017 (Phoenix, AZ)</strong> – <em>Bloomcanopy</em>, a major new downtown shade and public art project, will be dedicated Saturday, July 1, 2017, in front of the Downtown Market, <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1338756/353958/20277/3/">14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004</a> (between Central Ave. and First St.). The event begins at 8:00 a.m.</p><p>Designed by Matter Architecture Practice (NY) and landscape architects Gavan & Barker, Inc. (AZ), the project narrowed and enhanced Pierce Street, adding new trees, landscaping and a series of large-scale sculptural shade structures with seating. The structures are made of powder-coated steel, hardwood, and vibrantly-colored architectural ceramics. The streetscape improvements were built by Talis Construction, Inc., the shade structures by Magnum Companies, of Phoenix.</p><p>"This project combines beauty and functionality that really showcases the value of public art," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "By creating sculptures that provide enjoyment and shade for pedestrians, artists are helping us move toward a more walkable, transit-oriented city."</p><p>"A city's art is its soul, and is an essential part of what makes our neighborhoods great. The addition of this set of sculptures adds even more color and fun to downtown," said Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, District 7. "These pieces are a perfect example of how investment in public art enriches our community, supports local artists, and adds heart to what could have been just another shade canopy."</p><p>The project was commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program, with support from a National Endowment for the Arts Mayor's Institute of Design 25th Anniversary grant.</p><p><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. The Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city's buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by a 22-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1338756/353958/18092/6/">www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a> and Twitter @phxarts_culture.</p></div>6/29/2017 5:00:00 PMMatt HamadaEd Lebow602-495-0197