While each piece is unique and thought provoking , the unifying theme of “flow” is reflected throughout the streetcar route. Project lead artists Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead allowed the chosen artists to decide for themselves how to interpret “flow” and how the concept would manifest itself. For some, inspiration came from the ebb and flow of nature, for others it was about history, the movement of words, or the motion of water. Each piece captures the eye in an interesting way and provokes the imagination.
This piece below is titled Wandering Star. It revolves around columns that break off at the top like stars swirling in the sky above. It is an interactive piece and at night it is illuminated. When pressed, buttons on each column change the colors of the stars above.
Suspended above the bridge are solar icons that were laser-cut into shade canopies above the sidewalks- 12 to be exact, so that when the sun hits at certain times, the images projected are meant to perfectly align with the sun on those specific times and dates embedded in concrete. So lets say the event happened Oct 23 at 9:30 supposedly if you return on that date and time the sun will hit on the sidewalk where that same date and time is written. Talk about major engineering and serious precision.
But it doesn't end there! Other notable touches include handmade and hand-placed the 200 shards of replica Hohokam pottery along the stars and underneath the bridge on the steps.