Surprise Public Art Gallery

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission oversees Public Art in Surprise. Here´s a guide to the art that you can find in our city.

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Always There, Always Ready - by Joe Tyler
Fire Station #301, 16750 N. Village Dr.

The large bronze obelisk is dedicated to the city's firefighters. It includes the motto and many related symbols. It is located in the Original Town Site at the site of the first fire station in Surprise.

Heritage Tree - by Connie Whitlock & Citizens of Surprise
Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.

This mosaic art piece was designed to bring a sense of community to Surprise Senior Center. Each leaf on the tree has unique design depicting where the artist lived before moving to Arizona. The tree shows the unity they now feel.

The Learning Tree - by Joe Tyler
Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave.

A 27-foot welded tree shading a 10-foot by 14-foot book and flower-adorned benches that sits on the front lawn of the Northwest Regional Library.

Life in Arizona - by Connie Whitlock & Citizens of Surprise
Benevilla Community Garden, 16752 N. Greasewood St.

A Communities for all Ages project initialized by Benevilla to provide public art within the community garden. It is a celebration of themes of the garden, the community and life in AZ.

Memorial Bench - by Connie Whitlock
Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.

The bench was commissioned by the family of a 100-year-old member of our senior center. You can read the timeline of the woman's life on the vine and the purse symbolizes her existence here.

Oracle - by Frank Williams
City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

This mask is a piece of non- traditional Native American Art created on a giant gourd from CA. The word Oracle was used by the Aztecs and Mayans. They were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke.

Quilt of Life - by Connie Whitlock & Citizens of Surprise
Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.

Twenty-three seniors created tiles that look like quilt squares. Their names are on the squares that come together to create the mosaic 9 ft. x5 ft. ceramic quilt, which is mounted in the gather room at the senior center.

Reflections of Surprise - by Niki Glen
Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave.

Reflections of Surprise is a community art project. Niki Glen, worked with a team of generous volunteer residents and local artisans to design and make the clay, glass and metal pieces that comprise the mural and tell the story of Surprise. The mural is filled with representations of family, community and recreation. Local flora and fauna are also featured. The oranges, roses and cotton designs pay tribute to the city’s agricultural past.

Totem - by Laurel Delaney
City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

The Totem rises from a base of Grand Canyon Agate and spirals upward through colorful abstract representations of emergence, growth and the struggles of humankind. In keeping with these ancient themes, the artist paints the imagery on her forms with encaustic wax cooked up from melting together beeswax, dammae resin from trees and pigments.

Top Knot - by Kevin Caron
City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

Using the never-ending form of a trefoil knot, Top Knot is a celebration of the importance of balance. It is a powder-coated steel sculpture.

Army Air Corps Memorial "Vaya Con Dios" - by Jim Covarrubias, Oscar Unes & the Ariztlan Team
Community Park, 15953 N. Bullard Avenue

A memorial piece resides in an area that was once Luke Air Force Auxiliary Field #3, better known as fighter field. Thousands of Air Force Pilots were trained here before leaving to serve their nation.

We are the Past, Present and the Future of Surprise - by WHAM Staff & Teen WHAM Artists
Bicentennial Park, 15705 N. Nash St.

This tagged restroom had been a problem to the Surprise Police Department and the community for a long time. The police were given a grant by the Arts Commission and WHAM Arts Organization came up with a design. Teens, taggers and artists painted the mural. It is now on the AZ Commission of Arts list of art that prevents crime.

The Nature of Public Service - by Koryn Rolstad
Police & Fire Headquarters, Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza

Collage, photographs and quotes about public service employees.

Wind in the Wilderness - by B.J. Katz & Chris Klein
City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

This is one of 10 panels hanging in the Mayor's Atrium at City Hall. It is 1/2 in. clear kiln fired glass made with paint, metals and Dichroic Glass. The art is influenced by trips to China and Japan.

Butterfly Bench - by Marty Wolfe
DreamCatcher Park, 14534 W. Tierra Buena Lane

Elements of nature are captured through vibrant paint on this bench outside of DreamCatcher Park.

Full Equinox - by Ken Kasten
Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Dr.

Full Equinox is made of polished steel, and the title is derived from the full circles that are formed from the metal.

Surprise Youth Council Mural - by the Surprise Youth Council under the direction of Phoenix muralist Hugo Medina
Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N Bullard Ave.

Surprise Youth Council students worked with local muralist Hugo Medina to create a design representing the Youth Council’s self-confidence awareness campaign with the slogan: "Be yourself. Find your crowd.” They spray painted the design on a wall within the city’s recreation campus.