Art for the Community


From our first visit to Oro Valley (our new town) I was amazed at the magnitude of public art displays.  It has been a true joy to see various artistic expressions in unexpected places i.e. the parking lots at Ace Hardware, Safeway and Home Depot and roadways throughout the area.  Here is a brief description of the program which has placed such a high value on community art:

“In 1997, the town established a 1% Public Art Program which requires that commercial developers set aside one percent of a projects total budget for the creation of public art. By passing the public art mandate, Oro Valley signaled an ongoing commitment to create beautiful surroundings that enhance the quality of life for all who live, work and play in the town.” (Quotation from Oro Valley website).

Each day I observe and discover more ways this program enriches our lives.  Here are examples of installations in our neighborhood.  My favorite is the “Tree of Knowledge” at the Oro Valley Library.OroValley_tree-of-knowledge-lifesize-library SculpturesLook closely between the tree roots in the book below the tree to find these words of wisdom:

The more you read, the more you know

The more you know, the more you grow

The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice

When speaking your mind or making your choice!

Reading the News Sculpture

“Reading the News” Sculpture

"Swinging Sis" sculpture

“Swinging Sis” sculpture

"Girl stopping traffic" sculpture.

“Girl stopping traffic” sculpture.


Highway privacy wall.

Sculptural family of Javelinas, boar- like native animals

Sculptural family of Javelinas, boar- like native animals

Fitness man sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

Fitness man sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

Performing artists sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

Performing artists sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.

There are many more and I will share as I have an opportunity to photograph them.  What a wonderful community incentive program!  Thank you town of Oro Valley!

Do you have a favorite?  Let me hear from you!

All the best!


Working with you to create your lifestyle!


Mary Sherwood Lifestyles







  1. Mary says:

    Thanks, MaryAnn. The “Rock Fish” was the beginning of local art installations. It would be great to extend that idea around the lake. It could possibly happen if it is supported by the local municipalities, chambers and maybe even Dominion Power. It could be a wonderful project. There are a lot of new businesses around the lake that may also be interested. I can get more information about our local project if any one is interested.
    Thanks for your comment.

  2. MaryAnn Whittemore says:

    That would really be neat to do around the lake! I love the sculptures. In Trenton New Jersey in a park were some people sculptures. People really stopped to look at them.

  3. Mary says:

    Love that art of the birds by the park. I will get a picture of that to share in the future!

  4. Yvonne says:

    When I was visiting I was also amazed at the art work all over. I really liked the birds in front of the park near my brothers house. All in different modes of dress and action.

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