By Connor Coffman
Description: Coffman’s architectural sculpture is a metallic tribute to the majestic saguaro found almost exclusively in Arizona and Mexico. The saguaro, which survives excessive heat and needs water just a few timers per year, symbolizes the open arms Arizona shows to a variety of people from around the world and their ability to thrive against all obstacles, especially the heat. The design began as a digital two-dimensional drawing, brought to life through numerous forms of rapid prototyping such as laser cutting and water jet computer numerical control (CNC).
Artist biography: Coffman, a native Arizonan, is currently a senior at Arizona State University, majoring in Digital Culture. He is fascinated with all things electronic, and his passion leads him to exploring and utilizing numerous obscure, vintage technologies. Coffman is a relative new-comer to visual arts, and his first experiences happened through studying neon sculpture, cold cathode technology. This resulted in pieces featured in the Lighthouse Exhibition at the Alwun House and the Phototaxis Exhibition at The Ice House. When working on a new design, Coffman utilizes the design philosophy of Dieter Rams: ”Weniger aber besser“ (less, but better). After completing the Bachelor’s Degree program in the spring of 2015, Coffman plans to pursue a career involving design and visual arts.
Funding: This project was funded through the City of Tempe Municipal Arts Fund with the support of the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission.
Images by: Sean Deckert
Steel and powder coat
Hayden Flour Mill
119 S. Mill Ave.