Iconic public art piece planned for surprise downtown

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An iconic piece of art is planned for the downtown corridor, after approval by Surprise city council at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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“Bloom Where You’re Planted”, by artist Brad Oldham, is designed as an 18 foot tall mirror polished steel saguaro cactus. The piece features spring cactus flowers that will be illuminated at night. As a tribute to our city’s founder, Flora Statler, her image will be located at the back of the cactus, visible through an open Dutch door, inviting visitors to come closer and share their dreams and wishes with her.

Oldham’s design was selected by the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission last month, following a Request for Qualification (RFQ) process, seeking qualified artists to create a large, original work of art for the downtown.

The $ 334,500 project will be funded by an order passed by Council, which allocates 1.3% of the initial capital improvement project (CAP) costs to public art.

The CIP funding supporting this work of art is a combination of the road improvement and pavement preservation projects approved by voters in the 2017 General Bonds election.

The exact location of the art, which will be placed along Bullard Avenue in the city center, is still under study. The expected completion date for “Bloom Where You’re Planted” is December 2022.


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