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Scottsdale’s Public Art Program
In 1985, residents passed a 1 percent tax on capital-improvement projects to help fund the Scottsdale Public Art Program, which now encompasses more than 50 permanent works. Two of its most prominent pieces – Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture and James Turrell’s Knight Rise “skyspace” – can be seen downtown near Civic Center Park. Nearby Scottsdale Waterfront has a large concentration, too, with the Soleri Bridge & Plaza and Donald Lipski’s The Doors. But you’ll spot creativity all over Scottsdale; even the freeways, where overpasses and sidewalls are decorated with large installations.
By Katarina Kovacevic, AFAR Local Expert
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3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA