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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Aug. 9, 2011



Local Artist presents concepts for Community Park art project


GOODYEAR, AZ (Aug. 9, 2011) Artist Mary Shindell will present proposed concepts for a new public art project planned for Goodyear Community Park at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, at Goodyear Fire Station 183, 3075 N. Litchfield Rd., on the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Avalon Drive, just south of the Community Park. The public is invited to attend the free presentation and offer comments and input.


Shindell, a Phoenix-based artist, will present ideas for two long walls and a tree roundabout at the 27-acre park. The artist's past public art projects have featured oversized and intricately drawn desert plants and insects, such as bougainvillea vines, cactus blossoms and dragonflies. An example of Shindell?s work, the desert-inspired "Saguaro Flowers," can be seen on the terrazzo floor of the Westside Senior Center in Phoenix. 


"As an artist designing for a public space I try to put myself in the position of a person using the space," Shindell said. "I design the art to create landmarks that will make the area memorable and enjoyable to use."


Goodyear Community Park features several playing fields, tennis and volleyball courts, ramadas, tot lot, splash pad and skate park. The $48,000 public art project budget is funded by Goodyear's Percent-for-Art Ordinance.


Shindell was selected from a field of 29 artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout Arizona and several Western states. She has been commissioned to create artwork for two Valley Metro light rail power substations. Shindell earned her Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University.


For more information, contact Public Art Specialist Dianne Cripe at 623-882-7809 or




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