About platFORM

In its third year, the public art programs from Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Surprise have joined forces in platFORM, an initiative to create opportunities for student artists/artist teams to place existing or propose new sculptures for placement in public places. All sites have various sized concrete and metal pedestals or platforms available for sculpture mounting and placement. Students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university, community, or private college within the state of Arizona are eligible.

University and College art programs have the opportunity to invite project staff to provide Public Art Educational Forums as well as Q & A sessions in the classroom to support this Request for Proposals. All selected finalists will have optional question and answer mentorship opportunities provided by Arizona sculptors.

Project Opportunities

Sculpture pads are available for placement adjacent to the Tempe Hayden Flour Mill in downtown Tempe, along the southern stretch of Scottsdale Road, and in Chandler’s historic downtown square.

Partnering Programs

  1. City of Tempe Public Art
    Tempe Public Art has cultivated a diverse collection of temporary and permanent projects that complement the natural and built environment. By collaborating, Tempe Public Art continues to implement new initiatives and commission artwork that engages our community. This public art project is supported cooperatively by the City of Tempe and Downtown Tempe Community and will be located on the Hayden Flour Mill site, which is within the Mill Avenue District. The Hayden Flour Mill is a reminder of our agricultural past when Tempe was a small town surrounded by miles of farmland. Today, the Mill Avenue District is an urban environment featuring more than 100 shops, restaurants and diverse businesses.

  2. Scottsdale Public Art (SPA)
    Since its beginnings as a homesteaded farming community in 1888, Scottsdale has demonstrated a symbiotic relationship between local artists and the community at large. SPA has been cultivating this relationship for over 25 years as part of its mission to serve as a leader in defining art in the public realm through creative place making, signature art and events, exhibitions, and installations—contributing to the community’s creative, cultural, and economic vitality. Scottsdale is home to some of the Valley’s finest galleries and restaurants, as well SMoCA, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and the award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival. This public art project is one element of the Scottsdale Road Streetscape Guidelines, which designated opportunities in the future for public art and creative expression to be integrated into corridor improvements along Scottsdale Road to make the road more attractive, interesting, distinctive, and memorable.

  3. City of Chandler Public Art Program
    Since 1983, the Chandler Arts Commission has administered the City of Chandler's Public Art Program, commissioning and purchasing unique works of art for the enjoyment of Chandler residents and visitors. This public art project is supported cooperatively by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Arts Commission and will be sited in the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in the center of Downtown Chandler.

  4. City of Surprise - Arts & Culture Advisory Committee
    The purpose of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is to encourage cultural growth in the city and to ensure that art, culture and entertainment are central elements of the quality of life for city residents. To this end, the commission will encourage the development of cultural opportunities and resources, as well as the creative, social and community benefits they provide.

    The Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission members make recommendations to the city council regarding art projects, budgets and schedules. The commission also recommends to council the selection and commissioning of artists with respect to design, execution and placement of works of art for which appropriations have been made.