Under the direction and mentorship of an Artist Supervisor, local high school students will design and construct a bicycle / pedestrian / equestrian oasis and sculpture. The theme will be equestrian based on the local neighborhood equestrian heritage. Many of the area residents own and ride horses. Northern Avenue, the intersection roundabout and some of the local streets are registered horse trails. Blending with this theme will be the fact that Northern Avenue is a favored north / south bike route.
A seating and refuge area will be created accented with ceramic and metallic tiles of varying sizes, designs, shapes and textures. The process will allow the students to experiment with the medium to develop a vision for the art work. The seating areas will be constructed to take advantage of the spectacular mountain views and activity in the neighborhood.
The artwork will enhance the neighborhood node theme created by the modern roundabout at the intersection of Hardy Road, Northern Avenue and Comino de Anza. Northern Avenue runs north south and provides connection to shopping and services to the south and churches, James Krieg Park and the CDO High School to the north. Because of the wide bike lanes and moderate volume of traffic Northern Avenue has become a favored bike rout for cyclists as an alternative to Oracle Road. Pedestrians, especially high school students, utilize the multiuse path from the roundabout north to Spring Valley Drive to walk to activities to the north. Area local streets such as Camino de Anza are registered horse trails that allow equestrians to access the CDO, Catalina State Park and the Catalina Mountains. Northern Avenue is also a Sun Shuttle route. The refuge will provide an oasis, gathering, and contemplative area for residents and multimodal transportation uses.
An artist will work with the youth during the process. The youth will meet with members of the residential and business communities as well as the Oro Valley Town Council and staff for input. The youth will make a presentation to the Town Council of the proposed art work. The project will include organization skills, artistic tile and sculpture work. Each youth will apply math concepts as they measure distances, compute areas, and estimate the amount of materials needed for a particular phase of the project. Through their compensation for time on the project, youth will earn money for school supplies or college.