Scottsdale Public Art is working with artist Barbara Grygutis to design and install public artwork at the Drinkwater Boulevard underpass between 1st Avenue and 2nd Street. The featured work is planned to include a variety of media, including light-based art. The Drinkwater underpass will serve as a gateway to the mall corridor and will function almost like a marquee for the city of Scottsdale. This project is running in conjunction with the Civic Center improvements that are happening above the underpass. You can find out more about the Civic Center project on the City of Scottsdale’s website.
Grygutis, principal of Barbara Grygutis Sculpture LLC, is an award-winning U.S.-based sculptor and public artist whose work is in permanent public art collections throughout the United States and beyond. Barbara Grygutis Sculpture LLC has been a pioneer in developing interior-lit sculpture since the early 1980s. Light—natural daylight and artificial light—is integral to much of Grygutis’s work. With her formal training in fine art and an ongoing love of historic preservation, public art combines her passions. The artist’s interest in nature is evident and provides the genesis of her working vocabulary. Natural forms are significantly altered through concept development, scale, and industrial materials.