Today In Surprise

City of Surprise News

Posted on: October 20, 2021

Signature public art piece planned for City Center

Bloom Aerial View Daytime 600x400.PNG

A signature art piece is slated for the downtown City Center corridor, following approval by the Surprise City Council at Tuesday’s Regular Meeting. 

“Bloom Where You’re Planted,” by artist Brad Oldham, is designed as an 18-foot tall, mirror-polished steel saguaro cactus. The piece features spring cactus blooms that will be illuminated at night.  As a tribute to our city’s founder Flora Statler, her image will be located in the back of the cactus, visible through an open Dutch door, inviting visitors to approach and share their dreams and wishes with her. 

Oldham’s design was selected by the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission last month, following a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, seeking qualified artists to create an original large art piece for City Center. 

The $334,500 project will be funded through the Council-adopted ordinance, which earmarks 1.3% of Capital Improvement Project (CIP) initial costs to be dedicated to public art.  

The CIP funding supporting this art piece is a combination of the road improvement and pavement preservation projects approved by voters in the 2017 General Obligation Bond Election. 

The exact location for the art, to be placed along Bullard Avenue, in City Center, is still under review.  The anticipated completion date for “Bloom Where You’re Planted” is December 2022. 

See press release...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City of Surprise News

esports photo

Fortnite Esports Tournament Dec 11

Posted on: November 24, 2021
Surprise Lately_S3E22_12-03-21_Thumbnail_600x400

New “Surprise Lately” Episode

Posted on: December 3, 2021
Vote banner

Call of Election 2022

Posted on: October 18, 2021
COS-color-logo

Governor Ducey Shares Latest On COVID-19

Posted on: December 16, 2020