Public Artwork During Civic Center Renovations
On September 1, 2021, Scottsdale Public Art moved 10 sculptures from Scottsdale Civic Center to make way for the city of Scottsdale’s renovation of the area.
Some works have been permanently moved to different city-owned locations while others were stored at secure city facilities until they were re-installed at the Civic Center following the renovations. Additionally, two of the pieces underwent restoration work before they returned to the Civic Center.
Jose Bermudez’s Mountains and Rainbows (1976) (installed) has been placed near the lake at DC Ranch Park in north Scottsdale.
Gary Slater’s Right-Angle Variations (1975) (installed) has been moved to the Bell94 Sports Complex on Bell Road, just west of 94th Street, in north Scottsdale.
Kenji Umeda’s Allurement of a Journey (1980) (installed) has been relocated to the grounds of the Arabian Library on McDowell Mountain Ranch Road.
George-Ann Tognoni’s The Yearlings (1985) (off site) will be repaired and reinstalled in early February 2023, a few yards east of its current location at the Main Street entrance to the Civic Center.
Dale Wright’s Don Quixote (1968) (installed but not accessible) was restored before a return to a spot near its previous location in a lagoon just southwest of Scottsdale City Hall.
Louise Nevelson’s Windows to the West (1973) (installed)
has returned to the Civic Center but in a new location north of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, facing the West Paseo.
George-Ann Tognoni’s Winfield Scott Memorial (2006) (installed) has been relocated near its previous location in the Civic Center’s West Paseo but now closer to the Scottsdale Historical Museum.
Clyde “Ross” Morgan’s Mayor Herbert “Herb” Drinkwater and His Dog Sadie (2003) (installed but not accessible)
is now in a slightly newer Civic Center location near City Hall.
Robert Winslow’s Freedom (1977) (installed but not accessible) will be situated in the new children’s garden, just north of the Civic Center Library, after renovations to that section are complete in March.
Robert Indiana’s LOVE (1999) (installed) has returned to a spot near its previous location, just northwest of the Civic Center Library.
John Waddell’s Mother and Child (1960) (installed)
remains accessible in its location northwest of Scottsdale City Hall.
Abbot Pattison’s Woman and Fish (1954) (not currently accessible remains in its location in the lagoon west of Scottsdale City Hall.
Austin Deuel’s The Chaplain (2009) (not currently accessible) remains in its current location east of Scottsdale City Hall.
All artworks inside Scottsdale City Hall, Scottsdale Civic Center Library, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will be unaffected by the renovations and remain in place.
Ivan Pintar’s Fountain of Youth (1968) (deaccessioned) has been deaccessioned from the City of Scottsdale Permanent Collection but remains in its original location northwest of Scottsdale City Hall.
For more details about the city of Scottsdale’s $33.5 million renovation, and a rendering of the park plans, visit the city of Scottsdale’s website. Click Here