The Peoria Arts Commission oversees Peoria’s public art program. Funding for art projects comes from the city’s capital improvement projects (streets, parks, fire stations, libraries, etc.) which contribute one percent of the total cost of the projects into a dedicated arts fund. The arts fund is then used for acquiring public art.
Blooming Spire by Jeff Zischke
Blooming Spire light sculpture brightened the skies when presented to the public on January 29th, 2019. Blooming Spire was designed and installed by Jeff Zischke, an artist and designer who has achieved international exposure and recognition. Zischke explores the cutting edge of sculpture, public art, mixed media and urban transformation. The cast fiberglass shapes are derived from the desert blooms and have a faceted texture with a frosted finish so they transmit, reflect and refract prismatic light. The Blooming Spire is based on the organic shapes of some of Arizona’s indigenous desert plants, including the blooms and leaves of several different plants. An essential element of the sculpture is its nighttime lighting. Not only acting as a beacon for passersby in their cars, but its beauty can be appreciated when experienced up close.
Artists's Presentations and Feedback
The Arts Commission invited the public to provide feedback at two meetings, September 14 and 20, and on the website regarding public art along Happy Valley Road at Lake Pleasant Parkway.
Project: Happy Valley Road at Lake Pleasant Parkway
For this location, Jeff Zischke's concept has been approved by Mayor and Council. The artwork is expected to be installed this summer. Watch Zischke's presentation
September 2018 Update: Construction of the massive base structure is underway and will soon be transported to its final destination for completion. The lighted structure will welcome one and all to Peoria’s gateway from the north! Watch a video about Blooming Spire on Facebook.
Artist Jeff Zischke at his studio
Blooming Spire in transit
Barrel Cactus - Sculpture by Gordon Heuther
These iconic Barrel Cactus sculptures are being considered as an addition to Deer Village Park before the end of 2018. The artist is renowned International Sculptor, Gordon Huether. Gordon Huether Studio resides in Napa, CA and one of his public sculptures, Aureole, is on display at Peoria's Centennial Plaza in the City Hall Complex. The Barrel Cactus sculptures will be made of dichroic glass and the heights of the three pieces will be ten, six and four feet with diameters of 11’-6”, 5’-8” and 3’ respectively. Water-jet cut curved safety laminated dichroic glass will be mounted to aluminum-channeled pipes and substructures and sit atop poured round concrete, low-profile foundations.
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Gallery 37 Murals
The West Valley Art Council (WVAC) rolls out Gallery 37 each summer as a partnership between the organization and cities of the West Valley. The WVAC uses a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts to support Gallery 37. As a community project Gallery 37 joins a teaching artist and high school and community college students to design and execute. Local artists and students applied to WVAC to become part of the project. The artist works with the students to develop a design. The design mockup is presented at an Arts Commission meeting. Under the direction of the artist, the students produced the mural, while earning credit at the community college level.
Upcoming mural project:
Above: Artist rendition of the mural to be installed at 83rd Avenue and Village Parkway.
The mural will be mounted on the east-side masonry wall that currently borders the trailhead property.
Gallery 37 murals completed in 2017:
"People of the Sun" mural