Fountain Hills is home to one of the largest collections of Public Art in the Southwest. Topping 120 pieces this summer, with the addition of “Infinity” and “Big Bird,” the collection has just added a new piece to ‘President’s Row’ at the west end of Fountain Park. President Ronald Regan has now joined Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln in sculptural tribute.
The Public Art Committee of the Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association and the Town of Fountain Hills manage the collection cooperatively.
One percent of construction permit fees are dedicated to the Public Art Fund, but many of the pieces, like “Infinity” are donated by individuals as special remembrances of loved ones.
To take special advantage of this stunning outdoor display, the Town is hosts docent-led art walks each month from October through April. Volunteer docents provide information on the walks about each piece they visit, the techniques used to create the piece and a background on each artist that created the piece.
Many new pieces have been added to the collection over the summer, and the tour schedule has been revamped. The first tour, called the Civic Center Tour, begins at 9 a.m. This tour will feature pieces in the courtyard area and inside both the Community Center and the Library. The second tour, called the Fountain Park Tour, begins at 11 a.m. This tour features pieces inside Town Hall, down the Avenue of the Fountains, and the collection at Fountain Park. Both tours meet at the Community Center.
Tours are offered at no charge, but participants can donate $5 and receive a commemorative Art Walk mug. Pre-registration is required as the number that can be taken on the art walks is limited. Registrations are accepted at Town Hall, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., or at the Community Center, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
See a list of available tours and online registration at https://activenet022.active.com/townfh/
Download a map of public art in Fountain Hills for self-guided tours at http://www.fh.az.gov/Data/Sites/2/media/parksrec/art-walk-map.pdf