When the weather starts to cool down, a number of interactive public art exhibits will be heating up Scottsdale’s art landscape.
Residents and visitors alike can expect dazzling light shows on the Scottsdale Waterfront, a showcase of intriguing outdoor artworks near the Civic Center Mall and hundreds of intricate crochet works at the Civic Center Library.
“These are audience-based art works. From small to big to interactive, these community exhibits bring art into everyday experiences,” said Margaret Bruning, associate director of Scottsdale Public Art, a division of the Scottsdale Cultural Council charged with incorporating art in public spaces in the city.
Following the popularity of last year’s Red Ball Project, which featured a giant red ball that people could touch and interact with around Scottsdale, Bruning said the latest group of public art exhibits being planned for the upcoming fall and winter art seasons are thought-provoking, engaging and another reason to get out and explore Scottsdale.
The first series of rotating installations, entitled Bell’e Art, will make its debut Sept. 8 in the vicinity of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, near the Civic Center Mall.
Passers-by won’t have trouble spotting the artworks, said Jana Weldon, senior public art project manager for Scottsdale Public Art.
The creations, she said, will be suspended from the towering blue-and-orange structure at the art complex’s 7373 E. Second St. location.
Weldon said Scottsdale Public Art will showcase a new artist every three to five months over a two-year span at that location.
French-born artist Beatrice Coron, who is known for her paper-cut designs, will kick off the free art experience with a collection called Floating Memories, which runs from Sept. 8 to Dec. 3, Weldon said.
“Beatrice Coron’s Floating Memories is four different paper-cut banners hanging from the top of the structure. The paper-cuts represent windows, each with a singular memory,” Weldon said.
For those intrigued enough to want to create their own paper art, Coron will be hosting a workshop some time during the first week of November in Scottsdale. The exact date and location is still to be determined.
For those enjoying a night out on the town in downtown Scottsdale, a new public art attraction that uses light as its medium is coming to the Waterfront starting the first week of October, said Diana Fisher, an art events coordinator at Scottsdale Public Art.
The series of installations will start with an interactive light installation by Tucson-based artist Mary Lucking, Fisher said. The installation will run nightly, with Lucking’s lights projected onto the water of the canal.
Fisher said a microphone will be set up to capture participants’ voices, which in turn will change the pattern cast onto the water each time a voice is detected.
In conjunction with Lucking’s light installation, Fisher said Scottsdale Public Art also will showcase a rotation of “night lights,” by a variety of artists the third Thursday of every month from October through December.
The events will be free and feature live music.
ADVENTURE IN YARN
A public art exhibition that’s being planned for the Civic Center Library in April is going to require a helping hand — and a bunch of yarn — from residents in anticipation of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project.
The project is a globally touring exhibit of a crocheted coral reef ecosystem.
Scottsdale Public Art is looking for at least 100 local volunteers to help create their own elaborate crocheted coral reef exhibit to showcase alongside the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project at the library next year.
Scottsdale Public Art also is planning a series of crocheting workshops in November to get crocheters of all abilities ready for the event.
The crocheted works, which are based on a geometric form, cover a wide variety of disciplines, said Valerie Vadala-Homer, director of Scottsdale Public Art.
“It touches upon math, science, crafts and the environment. It’s educational and fun,” she said.
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