One of the prominent features that cannot be missed as you drive or walk through downtown Fountain Hills is the remarkable collection of public art. Fountain Hills has one of the largest public art collections in the Southwest with more than 150 pieces and growing! They can be found in the Fountain Hills Community Center, Town Hall, Centennial Circle, Fountain Park and elsewhere around town.
Nearly 20 years ago, Jerry and Jackie Miles began a public art committee with a single statue. It was called “Precious Cargo”, a mother mountain lion carrying her cub in her mouth. It was located near the library for the enjoyment of the entire community. The collection has now grown into a major community asset.
The Public Art Committee resides under the umbrella of iLoveFountainHills.org (aka Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association). The committee works with donors who want to contribute to the collection and head fundraising efforts for acquiring other pieces. The Town also requires a 1% development fee for public art.
There are three ways to tour this tremendous collection:
- Self-Guided Tour. Information plaques located next to each piece contain a customized QR code. By scanning the code with a free QR code reader app, observers can learn the history of the art piece and the artist’s bio.
- Docent-Led Tour. From October through April, the Town of Fountain Hills offers free docent-led art walks. Docents include information on the artist and the techniques used to create the piece. Although these tours are free, registration is required. Sign up at fh.az.gov/publicart .
- Private Tours. If your schedule cannot accommodate a tour on the Town’s calendar, you can request a private tour a minimum of 3 weeks in advance by calling the Tourism Office at 480-816-5165.
If you choose to attend a docent-led tour, there are two distinct parts: Centennial Circle Tour from 9:00am-10:30am and Fountain Park Tour from 11:00am-12:30pm. The remaining tour dates for 2018 include the following Saturdays:
- October 6
- October 20
- November 3
- November 17
- December 8
Check out the Art Walk 2018-2019 Guide here: http://bit.ly/2xudPgN
For more information, visit www.fh.az.gov/publicart