The annual Cycle the Arts, coming up April 14, offers a great way to experience a portion of Scottsdale’s large public art collection in south Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Public Art and the City of Scottsdale present this public art tour via bicycle every April during Valley Bike Month. The tour offers participants the chance to see multiple sculptures and other public artworks around south Scottsdale, while getting in a 10-mile bike ride.
“Cycle the Arts is a great way for residents of Scottsdale to learn the stories behind the public art they see every day around town or to discover pieces they might not have known existed,” says Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, public art manager for Scottsdale Public Art. “Each stop on the ride features either the artist who designed the piece, a board member who approved the piece or a staff member who managed the piece to share in-depth information and answer questions from riders.”
Among highlights on this family-friendly ride are Diamond Bloomby artist Curtis Pittman and the towering One-Eyed Jack, one of the newest additions to the Scottsdale Public Art collection, by artist John Randall Nelson.
A special aspect of this year’s ride is a stop at artist Kevin Berry’s Tributary Wall, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Additionally, Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, will be joining the ride and speaking about exciting plans for renovations at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.
This south Scottsdale route is the only ride offered this year and should be finished by noon.
Cycle the Arts
Sunday, April 14
Check in at 8:30 a.m. at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
For more information and booking, visit scottsdalepublicart.org.