Scottsdale artist wins bid for installation at new Chandler Museum
June 25, 2018
Chandler residents are finally getting what they have asked for – a new building for the Chandler Museum, and with it a shady structure with an artistic twist.
In August of 2017, the Chandler Arts Commission put an ad out for artists to help create a public art installation that will be incorporated into the design of the new Chandler Museum building.
As many as 15 local artists applied for the chance to have their design and artistry used to enhance the new Chandler Museum building. The artists were told the fee for the project would be up to $60,000 and will cover all materials, fabrication, installation, travel, insurance, and design fees.
The Chandler Arts Commission narrowed down their search to three finalists based on merit and whose aesthetics they believed would best fit the style of the building, and when it all came down to, it they chose Jeff Zischke, an artist based out of Scottsdale.
A seasoned vet when it comes to public art, Zischke has designed plenty of public art installations around Arizona; most famous are his art installation “Water Striders” at Scottsdale Waterfront and a 24-foot-high stainless-steel horse at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
It was no question for The Chandler Arts Commission that Zischke was qualified for the project, and Zischke is excited to get started. “Well it’s a big shade structure, 65 feet by 75 feet, and so for me that was a challenge. I like doing big stuff, thinking on a grand scale, so that intrigued me,” he said.
Zischke’s design for the installation, titled “Infinite Wave,” is made of articulated wavy sculptural shapes that will be installed within the framework of a courtyard meeting space that will connect the new building with the McCullough-Price house.
“I chose organic-based wavy-type shapes that were developed with a new design motif that reflects the modern and progressive traits of the people and the City of Chandler,” Zischke said.
Zischke’s main muse for this art piece was to create a real experience for anyone who visits the museum. “My other inspiration was to create really interesting shadows. I wanted something that would be experiential so that when you look up, you see this reflective material in that wavy shape but then also on the terra you would get these great shadows and images as well.”
The Chandler Arts Commission has been working with Zischke to finalize his design so they can begin fabrication and installation.
“I am really looking forward to seeing this public art installation in place,” said Peter Bugg, Chandler’s visual arts coordinator. “I’m excited to be able to use the public funds obtained from this ordinance for an arts project that will be integrated within the museum for visitors to enjoy. I think it’s a good use of money from the perspective of the artist, architect and taxpayers whose votes fund the museum.”
The unveiling of the project is scheduled for some time late in the summer of 2018.