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NEWS RELEASE

City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office

           

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2009

 

Art bench installation slated for June 26

 

GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (June 17, 2009) Five unique "art benches" will be installed on Western Avenue, just  east of Litchfield Road, Friday, June 26.

 

Four people will be needed to off-load each of the five decorative benches. Once the benches are on-site, artist James Hendricks will begin the work of permanent installation, bolt and tack weld.

 

Hendricks has designed and fabricated these five unique benches that reflect the history of Goodyear. His benches are an integral part of the Western Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project and will be a true point of pride for the city.

 

The artist received input from Historic Goodyear residents and business owners regarding the themes and content of each bench. Themes include aviation, agriculture, Estrella Mountain landscape, and desert birds and animals. The artist researched Goodyear's historic photos for images that will be used on photo-tiles for two of the bench seats. Benches will be cool and comfortable to sit on and treated with a graffiti-resistant coating.

 

James Hendricks was one of 32 artists who submitted qualifications for this project. He was selected by a panel that included community representatives, an Arts and Culture Commission member and city staff. The Arts and Culture Commission approved the artist selection. He worked closely with Logan Simpson Design, who is heading the streetscape improvement project, and city staff. Total project budget is $25,000.

 

Hendricks is a native of San Antonio with more than 20 years experience as an artist and craftsman. He has created 12 art benches for the City of San Antonio and has produced more than 60 private and public commissions.

 

 

 


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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749