Five public art projects crafted by seven artists will be part of the Downtown Links project.
Cork Marcheschi: Sphere
Louise Bertelsen & Po Shu Wang: Traveling Through Stillness
Joe O’Connell/Creative Machines: Wet Wheel
Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead: ‘flowers and faces’
Gregg Payne: Grande Pianophone and Rod Harp
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, the designated arts agency for the City of Tucson, facilitates the public art process. The artists for Downtown Links were selected by a panel of local residents, artists, street designers, and representatives from the City of Tucson and the RTA. Design proposals were reviewed and approved by the selection panel with close coordination by the project team.
The City of Tucson and Pima County fund public art through the Percent for Arts Program, which dedicates one percent of the budget for capital improvement projects to public art. RTA policies also support the inclusion of artwork.