Street Sculptures

Mesa, Arizona

For the last few years, the streets of downtown Mesa have been home to a rather peculiar batch of visitors. Originally, a new selection of sculptures was put on display to make up the annual Sculptures in the Streets exhibit. Now, three dozen selected pieces can be viewed year-round as Mesa's Permanent Sculpture Collection. Styles range from traditional to modern, representational to abstract, and serious to whimsical. All of the pieces are in downtown Mesa, along Main Street between Country Club Drive and Mesa Drive. A few of the most bizarre sculptures are shown here.




Big Charlie Black

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Big Charlie Black has an itch behind his ear, but he's just too fat to scratch it!
Artist: Carrie Gantt Quade.
Location: SW corner, Main St. and MacDonald St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


They Are Waiting

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We have all gone through periods of intense waiting -- perhaps waiting to graduate from school, get a job or get married. It was the universal emotions associated with waiting that inspired Nnamdi Okonkwo to create this elegant sculpture. the women also symbolize the abundance of life and the largeness of soul. In their fluid lines, simple shapes and general arrangement, the artist finds his ideal of order, balance and beauty.
Artist: Nnamdi Okonkwo.
Location: SE corner, Main St. and Sirrine St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


Polar Bear & Cubs

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Artist: Dollores Shelledy.
Location: NW corner, Main St. and Center St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


Climb As High As Your Dreams

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Artist: Chris Navarro.
Location: North side of Main St. between MacDonald St. and Center St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


Flowering Stiletto

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"If lovin' shoes is wrong, I don't wanna be right."
Artist: Mary Consie.
Location: NE corner, Main St. and Robson St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


Betty

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Artist: Unknown.
Location: W side of Robson St. between Main St. and First St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


Dancer #2

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Artist: Mark Martis.
Location: NW corner of Main St. and Robson St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


The Big Pink Chair

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Artist: Mary Consie.
Location: N side of Main St. between Morris St. and Robson St.
Last Visited: December 2008.


Sonance

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"Sonance" means "sound," an appropriate title for this interactive sculpture. Feel free to ring the bell in the center of the piece.
Artist: Sandra Forsey and Sydney Knight.
Location: NE corner of Main St. and Country Club Dr.
Last Visited: December 2008.


Spring Fever

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On a lovely spring day, a frog who was once a prince meets up with a fellow amphibian. Completely carefree and filled with glee, he engages in a game of leapfrog and realizes that being a frog is actually quite fun.
Artist: Kim Kori.
Location: Mesa Riverview mall, in the roundabout west of the movie theater.
Last Visited: May 2008.
Update April 2011: Since this photo was taken, this sculpture has been moved to Mesa's Main Street.


Humpty Dumpty

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Kimber Fiebiger made this delightful sculpture because she, "Just loves to put a smile on people's faces."
Artist: Kimber Fiebiger.
Location: Mesa Riverview mall, in front of the movie theater.
Last Visited: May 2008.
Update April 2011: Since this photo was taken, this sculpture has been moved to Mesa's Main Street.


Humpty Dumpty Reading A Book

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Here's another Humpty Dumpty by Kimber Fiebiger; this one is not part of the Mesa collection, but is located in Fountain Hills.
Artist: Kimber Fiebiger.
Location: In the children's section of the Fountain Hills Library, La Montana Dr. north of El Lago Blvd.
Last Visited: June 2009.


For a map showing all the pieces, visit the Mesa Permanent Sculpture Collection web site.


Standard disclaimer: Sites are described for entertainment purposes only, as they were at the time of my last visit. I can not vouch for the current condition of the site or its accessibility.


Revised: April 25, 2011
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