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Annette Coleman

Waterfront Splash Pad

Scottsdale Public Art is working with artist Annette Coleman to design and install mosaic artwork enhancements at the splash pad near Marshall Way Bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The splash pad is a user-activated, low-water-use, plaza-style splash pad intended to attract families to the Waterfront and give them a place to play and relax.

Coleman’s design, Pinball Wizard, includes a new concrete wall and bench with thirty mosaic spheres and domes of various sizes, along with inset waves of vertical glass mosaic pieces. Pinball Wizard references popular games to evoke a fun and playful nature for the splash pad. Coleman states, “The spheres harken back to simpler times as children, playing jacks, shooting marbles, playing four square, and competing as pinball wizards.”


Coleman enjoys creating bright, colorful sculptures based on her connection to nature and love of the outdoors. She believes serpentine shapes help reflect nature’s shapes and become whimsical abstractions of all the elements, water, wind, flora, and fauna. Coleman also draws on popular culture, such as television shows and science programs, and she often names her work based on those intersections of commonalities.


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