Best Public Art Commission
Broadway/Aviation Tile Murals
READERS' PICK: A lot of public art seems, well, just to confuse the public at first -- like "Sonora," the abstract but hardly obscure red sculpture in front of the downtown branch of the Tucson Public Library. It puzzled most folks -- and angered a few -- when it was first installed in the late-eighties. But the photographic panels that line the railroad bridge just west of the intersection of Broadway and Aviation Highway dazzled rather than puzzled, from day one. Our favorite is that crazy public bus on Aviation's eastern wall, which looks like it just might break free of its ceramic confines and send traffic from the underpass zig-zagging frantically out of the way. It's a wonderful contribution to the downtown scene.
Best Local Artist/Visual
READERS' PICK: Find out more about photographer and graphic artist Steve Farley in our interview on page 22. (Also see Best Mural and Best Public Art Commission, page 33.)
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