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Joe Tyler

Sonoran Monsoon and Desert Moods

Artist Joe Tyler’s six transit shelters on Shea Boulevard between 92nd Street and 136th Street provide beauty and shade with a distinctly organic style. The artist designed the transit shelters to integrate art, aesthetically and conceptually, into the Arizona landscape.

Sonoran Monsoon resembles a tree blowing in the wind with a circular bench for awaiting bus riders to sit. The tree’s branches and leaves portray an elegant sense of motion with winding, steel detail work going down the trunk of the tree. Two iterations of Sonoran Monsoon can be found along Shea Boulevard:

• East of 92nd Street on the south side
• West of Via Linda on the north side.

The sister shelter, Desert Moods, portrays a tall saguaro cactus supporting a flat, white, cloud-like awning that acts as shelter. Different versions of Desert Moods are decorated with saguaro cactus flowers, suns, and quarter moons, giving the series of bus stops variety and elegance for the people of the community to enjoy. Four iterations of Desert Moods can be found along Shea Boulevard:

• East of 124th Street on the south side.
• West of 130th Street on the north side.
• West of 136th Street on the north side.
• East of 136th Street on the south side.


Location9251 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA

ArtistJoe Tyler

DatesCompleted 1997

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