SAD UPDATE: I was in Mesa in mid March, 2018, and the Big Pink Chair was GONE. My friend and I walked up and down Main Street in the whole area where the permanent art pieces are and we found no Big Pink Chair. I was so sad. I was going to get my friend to take a photo of me sitting in it. I can only assume the folks who were loaning it decided to take it back.
Mesa, Arizona is a very strange town in the greater Phoenix metro area. Mesa is full of Mormons and meth and…art. Well, at least downtown Mesa is full of art.
According to a brochure that goes along with the self-guided tour of the town’s sculpture collection,
Mesa’s Growing Permanent Sculpture Collection features 39 fine pieces, most of which are displayed downtown (four privately owned sculptures are also on loan). Enjoy a FREE self-guided outdoor walking tour of the sculptures any time of day or night, any day of the week.
(Do what you want, but I wouldn’t recommend hanging around Main Street in downtown Mesa in the middle of the night.)
My favorite piece in Mesa’s sculpture collection is The Big Pink Chair. The above photo does not do it justice. It’s not just a big pink chair. It’s a BIG pink chair. An adult sitting in it looks like a little child. When I sit in it, my legs don’t hang down. When I sit in it, my feet stick straight out.
And yes, folks can climb up and sit in the chair. It makes for a great photo op, so visit it with a group of friends (especially if you time your visit for 3am).
Gotta go visit that big pink chair! 😀
If you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit! Viewing the sculpture on Main Street in Meas is a quite nice excursion. I have photos of many of the other pieces, I just have to write about each one and post them. I hope you will enjoy the virtual sculpture tour.
I work in concrete sometimes, but I don’t think I would have EVER even thought of making a big chair. Even a big PINK chair. Even for Mesa.
Throughout my life, I’ve had so many moments of “Why didn’t I think of that?” That Mary Consie sure was thinking outside the box!
Thank you so much for taking the time to post every day. I always enjoy coming to your blog because I never know what I will find!
Thank you so much for these kind words, Mary Jo. I try to keep my posts varied just to please folks like you who want a nice little surprise every day. Thanks for reading and for commenting too.
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I was in Mesa on mid March, 2018, and the Big Pink Chair was GONE. My friend and I walked up and down Main Street in the whole area where the permanent art pieces are and we found no Big Pink Chair. I was so sad. I was going to get my friend to take a photo of me sitting in it. I can only assume the folks who were loaning it decided to take it back.
Good news! The Big Pink Chair is still there, just not on Main St. We found it tonight in front of the IDEA Museum, a block North of Main St. This blog post came up when I did a google search to see where it was, because I was also used to finding it on Main. Fortunately, when we stopped in the ice cream shop, Slickables, they knew exactly where it was and told us where to find it.
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