One of the things we love about Metro Phoenix is the countless pieces of public art that dot the desert landscape.
And now we have something new to watch, as Scottsdale Public Art has just launched its new commission.
Denver artist Annette Coleman’s piece is called Pinball Wizard, and it’s located on the wading pool near the Marshall Way Bridge on the Scottsdale Waterfront in Old Town Scottsdale.
Pinball Wizard is a dynamic and fun installation made up of around 30 domes and spheres of different sizes covered in colored mosaic glass. They are set on a new concrete wall adorned with waves of glass mosaic pieces.
“The spheres go back to simpler times when children played jacks, shot marbles, played four squares and competed as pinball wizards,” Coleman said in a press release.
Coleman flew in from Denver for the installation, which took place over two days in mid-June (as you can see on her Instagram).
The mosaic balls and domes are formed from colored concrete that will last for decades, making Pinball Wizard a piece of public art that will brighten up Scottsdale for a long time.
“Annette has created a work of public art that will appeal to children and adults alike. It perfectly captured the vibe of this vibrant Old Town Scottsdale neighborhood,” Tanya Galin, Public Art Manager for Scottsdale Public Art, said in the release. “I love the playfulness of the design with the fun pop of color. This will be a fantastic place for selfies and group photos.