Phoenix Water Parks and River Phoenix are both celebrating their 10th anniversaries with new art installations and programs.
And the theme is changing the way we look at the world.
“We’ve never really talked about the art in a way that was respectful of the people involved,” said Phoenix Parks Director Kevin McCord.
“It was really about what’s important to us and how we’re trying to honor the people who were here and have a vision for how we see the future of art in the city.”
These two iconic pieces by Phoebe Seibert are part of a larger installation titled “Art in Phoenix,” which was created by Phoenix Water.
“Phoebe is one of the first and most influential artists in our city,” said McCord, “and we wanted to do something to honor her legacy.”
This piece is one example of the many installations that McCord and his team are planning to create.
“I think there are a lot of artists who don’t have a lot to offer the city and are left out,” said Marcia Hochman, a Phoenix Parks employee.
“People like Phoeb Seiberts, who are very popular, but they have no place in this city.”
Art is often thought of as an art form that focuses on a single subject.
But when viewed from a broader perspective, many artists are doing more than just showing off.
They are taking a larger look at culture and the way it affects society.
“Art is often said to be about ‘what we see,’ but in a more abstract way, it is also about what we think,” said artist Matt Stembridge.
“What is art?
It’s about the power of expression.”
The concept of art as a vehicle for creating change is something that the city of Phoenix has been trying to embrace.
In 2017, the city commissioned artists to create a “transformation” mural for the River Phaze, which spans across the river in downtown Phoenix.
The mural, which was completed in 2018, depicts the intersection of the river and the riverfront with a series of small, colorful, colorful sculptures depicting people.
“Phoenix is always on the forefront of the cultural movement, and we are very excited to be on the same path with the art world,” said Hochmann.
“This is really a statement of who we are as a city, that we want to continue to create something new, something beautiful, something exciting.”
The Phoenix Water Art Project is a new initiative that aims to bring the best in art and design to Phoenix and the rest of the state.
“The Phoenix Water art is a reflection of the water and the people,” said Stembrid.
“That’s the main point of this project: to make art that’s beautiful and accessible, to make it accessible to everyone and to have people feel at home.”