Oro Valley Public Art Should Be Easy To Find

Oro Valley Public Art - Sharing A MealA couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on Oro Valley Public Art. It just scratched the surface of this topic and the discovery (meaning I finally took time to look around myself) is leading me on a personal journey to find and photograph more of the public art in Oro Valley. Most of the time I’m either reading while riding in the car or driving somewhere myself with a point “A” to point “B” mentality.  I don’t look around, I’m busy and getting the job done.  This means I’ve missed out on a lot.

Finding those four pieces of art at Tangerine and First Ave. got my curiosity stirred about the public art in Oro Valley.  Up until writing that post I was unaware of the “1% for Public Art” program.  I went online and have been disappointed with the amount of information I could find about where the public art in Oro Valley is located.

A trip to the library lead to finding a brochure that is a couple of years old with a map showing 35 locations around Oro Valley where public art is displayed.  The map is good, but out of date.  While driving around following a section of this map yesterday we discovered many more pieces of public art at new locations.  Most of what I’ll focus on are the outdoor pieces which are readily available to the public anytime.  Gradually I’ll add images of indoor pieces which can only be accessed during business hours for the particular establishment.

I also know the Oro Valley Marketplace will spend $650,000 on public art to be displayed within the marketplace.  The Oro Valley Marketplace and other new construction around town will continue to expand the public art in Oro Valley.

The Oro Valley Public Art Map

I intend to create an online map on this site which will show locations for Oro Valley Public Art.   As new art is added it will be added to the map.  If anyone becomes aware of new public art which isn’t on the map please let me know and I’ll be happy to add it.

The Oro Valley Public Art Category

I’ve just added a new category to this site in which I will be posting images and basic information about individual pieces of Public Art.  Each of these posts will have the comment section open for anyone to leave a comment or provide more in depth information about a particular piece of art.

 The Oro Valley Public Art Gallery

I will be adding a gallery on this site with a collection of images of Oro Valley Public Art.  I’ve already started a set of images on Flickr called: tada “Oro Valley Public Art“.  This link will take you to the slide show which will continue to grow as new images are added to the set.

If you have a photo of Oro Valley Public Art which shows a piece in a particular light or setting (amazing sunset, etc.)  submit it for the inclusion in the gallery of images here.  I’ll be very glad to provide full photo credits for any images added to the set and you maintain full copyrights to any image included in the gallery.

Honeybee Park Entrance Oro Valley

Some of the images I’ll include might not be “Official” pieces of public art.  If I see something that looks like art, is available for public viewing and has artistic value I’ll be adding it as well.  The entrance to Honeybee Park is one that comes to mind.  I don’t know if it is public art or not but when I walked up to it I knew I had to photograph the mountain through the arch.


  1. This is a wonderful idea.

    Thanks, Jim

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