Scottsdale Public Art

Temporary Art

The Grove

The Grove is a chapter in Erin Sotak’s on-going Eternal Optimist myth series— retelling the lore of the lemon and Cleo (the Classic Eternal Optimist) who is bound to the lost golden citrus. Cleo has the epic task of searching for the lost lemons. Over the centuries the lemon has grown into the scapegoat for all things "sour" but as the lore reveals, the lemon is a golden treasure full of hope and promise. It is a secret misplaced—a forgotten hope that always has been, and always will be eternally waiting to be found.  


Inside the Livery a small citrus grove grows in portable pots in front of a Waterloo pump organ. As the myth recounts, in order for the lemons to grow and turn golden, they must be serenaded with the rich notes of music.  The lemons, which were originally harvested from the sea, need a generous amount of water to flourish.  The Livery— a veritable desert—lacks the necessary water. As a result, Cleo will haul water to the lemon trees and walk them throughout downtown Scottsdale on a daily basis, requesting the aid of passing pedestrians and rewarding them with wooden optimist nickels.  


The Grove recalls the importance of water in the Arizona desert and the local farming history of old Scottsdale which once flourished with citrus groves.


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