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March 8, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2022 
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Cycle the Arts returns for first in-person tour since 2020

Cycle the Arts
Scottsdale Public Arts’ annual Cycle the Arts returns this year on April 3. Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Arts. 

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The annual art tour Cycle the Arts, presented by the city of Scottsdale in partnership with Scottsdale Public Art, is back for a morning of exploring sculptures and other public artworks around south Scottsdale, all while enjoying a leisurely bike ride on April 3. 

The 9-mile ride will start at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Patrons will begin at “Diamond Bloom” by Portland artist Curtis Pittman and experience the artwork’s brass panels, dichroic glass fins and colored lights that are strategically placed to produce a luminous colorplay. 

This is the first guided Cycle the Arts since 2020 due to COVID-19 cancellations. And where recent rides took participants to the southernmost sections of the city, this year’s event travels northward to include artworks like “Water Mark” by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan,Industrial Pipe Wave” by Christopher Fennell, “Terraced Cascade” by Lorna Jordan and “Michael’s Dream” by Jasper D’Ambrosi. 

The route will also include stops at numerous artworks in Old Town Scottsdale. Each stop will feature information about the artworks presented by Scottsdale Public Art staff.  

“Cycle the Arts is returning to kick off Valley Bike Month,” said Gina Azima, operations manager for Scottsdale Public Art. “It’s a fun and active way to explore Scottsdale and experience public art. This family-friendly bike ride will highlight 17 public artworks in the city’s collection. Bike riders will have the opportunity to learn the history of each artwork on the tour and discover something new.” 

With this year’s Cycle the Arts being the first in-person guided tour since 2020, the event will also implement additional features that Scottsdale Public Art has added to combat COVID-19. Scottsdale Public Art dove headfirst into augmented reality (AR) technology for the 2020 Canal Convergence event to offset the lack of in-person artist talks that are a core part of the experience. 

Using AR technology is a great way to listen to either the artist or Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art, talk about the history and inspiration for various artworks. Permanent public artworks that currently have AR technology connected to them are “Diamond Bloom,” “Bronze Horse Fountain” by Bob Parks, “Horseshoe Falls” by Michael Maglich and “One-Eyed Jack” by John Randall Nelson, among others. Participants can download the Hoverlay app to experience augmented reality magic on their phones. 

“Cycle The Arts brings bike riders and art enthusiasts together for a unique bike ride showcasing the city’s public art and the bikeway network,” said Susan Conklu, senior transportation planner for the city of Scottsdale. “Scottsdale is designated a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community, and this event is a great opportunity to promote bicycling and build community.” 

Cyclists can join the leisurely bike ride in person at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3. This is a free event, but RSVP is required. For information, visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/events.