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Elizabeth Conner

Hidden Histories

Artist Elizabeth Conner of Washington created colorful clusters of oversized icons comes from Old Town Scottsdale’s diverse past, including the easily recalled memories as well as some long forgotten details. The two sculptural formations are an interpretation of the Hispanic cultural art of the nicho—traditionally composed of flowers, leaves, designs and iconic forms—meant to stand as a physical testimony of loving remembrance. Connor’s “urban oases” are intimate settings for contemplation and inspiration for all ages.

Elizabeth Conner has long been fascinated by the links between natural and cultural histories of public places. Connor employs a collaborative method in bringing the arts, cultural, civic, business and residential community into the planning stages of her art. She conducted numerous interviews with area business owners in the Old Town tourist district in her research for the project. Each sculpture represents a business, cultural or social fact that she discovered. Examples of these are:

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