Buckeye Public Art – Round 2


Frequently, Serbin Studio gets pulled away from the design of commercial building to design Public art.  Whether designing a building or a sculpture, a similar process is involved.   Conceptual design of various renditions are created for the Buckeye Main Street Coalition (entity in charge of creating the art), once a direction is selected, construction documentation is developed.  The plans created are submitted to the city for permitting.

The art is a continuation of the sculptures found in Downtown Buckeye previously designed, fabricated and installed near Buckeye City Hall.  That originally involved 4 sculptures that included a tractor, a cowboy roper, a cowgirl barrel racer and a cotton boll.  www.serbinstudio.com/public-works/

Art Description

This projects consist of sculptures fabricated from sheets of steel.  The prior sculptures were slightly larger and required their own footings.  This time, our design intent was to design sculptures that would not require the expense of a large concrete footing.  Two of the sculptures are  8′ tall so the effect known as Cantilever – “rigid structural element, such as a beam or a plate, anchored at one endcreated a requirement for the sculptures to be stiff enough to allow for bending forces created from the occasional monsoon wind gust.  This pushed the steel thickness to 3/4″.

A 4′ X 8′ sheet of steel at 3/4″ thick is approx. 1K LBS. This created another fabrication challenge.  Fabrication, maneuvering them around the shop and shop fabrication or cutting of the steel.  Once the sculptures were cut, powder coating would wrap the steel in the desired color.

The location of the sculptures are at 4th street and Monroe in Downtown Historic Buckeye.  If you know the history of Buckeye, this intersection was the main cross streets of a Town that was the thoroughfare from downtown Phoenix to San Diego up to the early 1970’s.  Now I-10 bypasses this quite town, but recently, the town is in its early stages of revival.

Public Art - Downtown Buckeye in the 1930's

Downtown Buckeye in the 1930’s.  It was a busy time back then.

The sculptures are located at the 4 corners of Monroe and 4th street.  They reference the local fauna and flora of Arizona.

The Saguaro and ocotillo are going to be fabricated by the Arizona Corrections.  The Barrel and Prickly cactus will be fabricated by the Buckeye High School Metal shop.

Art Presentation Graphics

Public Art - Saguaro located at Northeast corner of Monroe and 4th Street

Saguaro located at Northeast corner of Monroe and 4th Street

 

Public Art - ocotillo located at NorthWest corner of Monroe and 4th Street

ocotillo located at NorthWest corner of Monroe and 4th Street

 

Public Art - Prickly Pear located at SouthWest corner of Monroe and 4th Street

Prickly Pear located at SouthWest corner of Monroe and 4th Street

 

Public Art - Barrel Cactus located at Southeast corner of Monroe and 4th Street

Barrel Cactus located at Southeast corner of Monroe and 4th Street

Looking forward to more Public Art in downtown Buckeye.

Jeff Serbin

Jeff Serbin

Jeff Serbin is Vice President of Serbin Studio. His responsibilities include architectural design and project management. He coordinates the work of consultants and design team members, and is involved in design from concept through construction.

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2 responses to “Buckeye Public Art – Round 2”

  1. Samantha says:

    Wow great post. I can’t wait to see those sculptures. They look lovely just by the design so i’m excited to see this in person.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Jeff Serbin Jeff Serbin says:

    Thanks. Looking forward to more artful gestures in Downtown Buckeye as well.