I took this photo of the sculpture embedded in the sidewalk at the the light rail station at McDowell and Central in Phoenix, AZ. As I was setting up the shot, I wondered how many people merely step over it several times a week, without thinking, Yes, I am here now. I’m here on this sidewalk. I’m here at this light rail station. I’m here in downtown Phoenix. I’m here in Arizona. I’m here in the United State of America, in North America. I’m here on this planet, in this galaxy, in this universe. I am HERE. I am here NOW.
I tried to find the name of the artist who created this piece. I can’t say I did an exhaustive search. I did find propaganda from Valley Metro in 2008 saying that the artist responsible for the art at the Central and McDowell stop is Michael Maglich. According to http://www.valleymetro.org/images/uploads/lightrail_publications/METRO-Art-Book.pdf,
Flanked by the Burton Barr Public Library and Phoenix Art Museum, the McDowell station was a perfect match for local artist Michael Maglich. A generous man, brimming with curiosity and wit, Michael envisioned A Thousand Points of Reference as a celebration of the diverse possibilities available to the institutes’ patrons as well as the nearby neighborhoods.
However, the brochure does not specifically mention the piece I am sharing today.
I hope this piece gets people thinking about their place(s) in the world.