Location: U of A Campus, just South of the parking garage at
Mountain Ave. and 2nd Street.
Details: Giant decorative iron A with tile mosaic, solar cells (we
think it lights up at night), and a mirrored crescent moon at the top.
This is a very cool piece; it was fun to walk around it and discover
all the different animals, insects, plants, and other designs
incorporated into the A. I'm sure that if I go back to look at it
again, I'll see things I didn't notice the first time. I
particularly liked the frogs (not shown here) that cavort in a blue
tile river next to the javelinas pictured above, and the various
hummingbirds that are included in the design.
Like the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona believes that Public
Art is a basic public service and requires that a fraction of the
amount spent for new construction be spent on artwork.
This particular piece is a real treasure, filled with intricate details
showing life in the desert that merge into the giant A representing the
university. Here, in a short time you can find tile hummingbirds,
javelinas (for those outside Tucson, javelinas resemble pigs, but are
really peccaries, and not related), saguaros, frogs, dragonflies, and
on and on. It's a veritable mosaic jam-packed with life, just like the
Sonoran Desert that surrounds Tucson.
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