Scottsdale to host dedication ceremony for latest art addition in Old Town

Sep 12, 2022, 4:25 AM | Updated: 7:47 am

Pinball Wizard by Annette Coleman is located at Stetson Plaza in Old Town Scottsdale. (Photo by Annette Coleman) Annette Coleman applies tesserae to one of the Pinball Wizard spheres.
(Photo by Annette Coleman) The Pinball Wizard sphere await high-density foam insertion. (Photo by Annette Coleman) PVC pipe in each sphere sleeves over a metal pipe for mounting the components of Pinball Wizard. (Photo by Annette Coleman)

PHOENIX — Scottsdale Public Art and the city next week will dedicate the latest addition to its permanent art collection, a mosaic artwork called “Pinball Wizard.”

The dedication ceremony will take place Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the splash pad at Stetson Plaza, near Marshall Way Bridge, at the Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale Public Art announced.

Visitors can attend the free event, which will highlight the work of the artist, Annette Coleman, as she worked with SPA to design and install the art pieces.

Her work features a new concrete wall and bench with 28 mosaic spheres and domes of numerous sizes.

“This was accomplished by using sketches, early construction of test spheres and budgeting to see if the idea I envisioned could move forward,” Coleman said.

“For public art projects, everyone, including engineers and conservators, weigh in on the idea and give feedback on feasibility of the artwork.”

She added that 28 spheres were covered with about 23,846 one-inch, hand cut stained glass tiles.

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Scottsdale to host dedication ceremony for latest art addition in Old Town