Title: Roadrunner (Unk)
Location: East side of 1st Avenue, between River Road and Orange Grove
Details: Bronze bones and very few feathers
The roadrunner is an ubiquitous part of Southwestern life and these
curious birds can be seen throughout Tucson running from spot to
spot and tilting their heads to get a better look at what
ever has caught their eye. Nearly fearless, roadrunners will get quite
close to people, knowing full well that a person is nowhere near fast enough to catch these comical birds.
But this one you can catch. Part art, part windvane, this metal
roadrunner watches over all the cars rushing up and down First Avenue,
perhaps hinting that those hurried people should take a tip from their
feathered cousins: stop and take a better look at whatever catches your
It took a time or two seeing this piece before I realized that it is a
roadrunner. Perhaps it was the angle at which I first viewed it, since
it does turn in the wind. I like it; though abstract, it seems to be a
good representation of one of these curious birds, with its long neck
and tail and forward-leaning stance. Roadrunners remind me of emaciated
chickens, in a way, and this is certainly a skinny bird! One of the
best parts of discovering Tucson's public art is finding fun and quirky
works such as this one. Beep, beep!
Copyright © 2005 S. Halversen.