Southern Scottsdale welcomed five new, vibrant public art pieces this summer, thanks to IN FLUX and Scottsdale Public Art.
As part of IN FLUX Cycle 9, a Valley-wide temporary art initiative, the new installations were created by Phoenix-based artists.
Starting at Scottsdale Road and Roosevelt Street, the northeast corner is now home to Daniel Mariotti’s cast bronze sculpture “Meditation on Fragmented Space.”
With this piece, Mariotti “offers viewers the opportune to pull one’s self out of their reality into something different.”
One mile north, on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Oak Street, is “#bluewing,” a ceramic-tiled, wing-shaped, Instagram-friendly work of art created by Cherie Buck-Hutchison and her husband, Curtis Hutchison.
“I was inspired not only by artists’ use of the color blue but also by the saturated blue of high-elevation skies in the Southwest and the metaphorical, mythical wings from art history,” Buck-Hutchison said.
And at Miller Plaza, shoppers will spot John David Yanke’s colorful, complementing trio: “Secondary Effusion,” made with mattress spring units; “Stored Echoes,” with coil springs and spiral wire; and “To Atone,” created with marine-grade plywood and water-based enamel.
“I enjoy recycling the original intent within the designs in order to reveal the beauty of the design,” Yanke said. “This happens both through the use of vibrant hues, whose value and intensity appear to change with ambient lighting, and the overall configuration, which produces ever-changing, intriguing shadows.”
IN FLUX is designed to bring together art, economic development and property management organizations throughout the Valley.
Now in its ninth cycle, the initiative provides opportunities for local artists to create site-specific, temporary public art installations.
Public art coordinator for Scottsdale Public Art Tanya Galin calls IN FLUX a good way for local artists to “get their feet wet” in the public art process.
“We hope they walk away with a better understanding of the steps it takes to complete a public art piece with a municipality,” Galin said. “And we hope it encourages them to apply to other public art projects.”
“It’s such a good opportunity that helps artists understand what public art can look like with the guidance that is needed to begin,” Mariotti said.
Yanke added that IN FLUX is a “tremendous vehicle for highlighting local artists’ works.”
IN FLUX Cycle 9 includes 12 artworks in six cities across the Valley, including one in Chandler, one in Glendale, one in Phoenix, two in Peoria, and two in Tempe.
Cycle 9 also originally included six performances, but they were postponed due to COVID-19.
“I hope this program continues to grow and exhibit new artists just beginning in the public sphere,” Mariotti said.
IN FLUX was created by Kirstin Van Cleef, former associate director of Scottsdale Public Art, who left Arizona – and the initiative – in 2015 as IN FLUX Cycle 6 installations began.
“I always cared deeply about the initiative being a collaborative and ever-evolving space to respond to any context our communities found themselves in, and I am humbled to see it continue from a distance to this day,” Van Cleef said.
Installed July 1, IN FLUX Cycle 9’s public artworks will be available for viewing through March 31, 2021. They are not part of the City of Scottsdale’s permanent art collection.
“I am certain that seeing IN FLUX carry on is one of the most fulfilling experiences I will ever have, and I am endlessly grateful for this and the timely reminder it brings that we can make good things when we keep creating and come together,” Van Cleef said.