Artwork being installed along Tucson streetcar route - Tucson News Now

Artwork installed along streetcar route

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As work on the modern streetcar finishes up, the public will start to see several new pieces of art popping up at some of the stops in downtown.

Two art pieces are already installed. The first is located at the streetcar stop at Warren and Helen on the U of A campus north of Speedway, and is titled ‘Poets head'. 

The head is made up of letters and when it is complete the head will ‘blow' poetry into the streetcar system, via an LED message board. "Poet's Head" is one of eight pieces of art to be installed at stops along the route. 

Another piece of art has been completed and installed; it is a litho-mosaic on Fourth Avenue, south of Sixth Street. 

At most of the other stops riders will see message boards, LED panels that will stream poetry from the U of A Poetry Center. 

The total cost for these art installations is $1.3 million; the money is going to eight artists, four of which are located in Arizona, and four who are from out of state.

There are still six pieces that need to be installed, including pieces involving a clock and time, a writer's quill and one called "Leaves of Light."  The community will see these pieces being added over the next several months. 

The Tucson-Pima Art Council has been doing much of the organizing and stated it is important to have art that is accessible to everyone.

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