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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Jan. 13, 2009

Contact:  Nora Fascenelli – PIO and Media Relations, City of Goodyear

Direct 623-882-7061, Cell 623-695-0846




Western Avenue public art project – Meet the artist




GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Jan. 13, 2009) – James Hendricks, the artist selected for the public art project for five “art” benches to be installed on Western Avenue as part of the Street Improvement Project, will present his concepts during a public meeting and open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 15 in room 117 of Goodyear City Hall, located at 190 N. Litchfield Road (at Van Buren Boulevard).


Members of the public and the media are invited to attend and share design ideas for improving one block of Western Avenue, just east of Litchfield Road. Goodyear city officials are interested in hearing what citizens would like to see in this area.


This one-block area of Western Avenue has a rich history. Over the years, it has housed many retail stores, and it’s the closest thing early Goodyear ever had to a “downtown.”


Nearly 90 percent of Western Avenue has been redesigned, and features new street furniture, trees and a fresh new streetscape. The work began more than five years ago in 2003, when a group of citizens and business owners joined forces and formed the Litchfield Road Improvement Project Committee.


A $495,000 grant is providing much of the funding for this improvement project. The new street benches are to be paid for with public art funding.


James Hendricks created the specially commissioned art project benches last year in San Antonio, Texas. The benches were made from poured concrete, smithed steel, paint, mosaic tiles and other elements that reflected San Antonio’s culture, history and “sense of fun.”



Here's what’s planned for the open house and public meeting:


6:30 - 7 p.m.     Open House- Informal time to view plans and renderings
                        Meet the artist, James Hendricks
                        Talk with project representatives

7 - 7:30 p.m.     Public Meeting 
                        Artist James Hendricks presents a brief overview of the project and his concept

7:30 - 8 p.m.     Q&A - Project representatives, consultant, staff and the artist will answer questions




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