Air, Earth, Water - by artist Mary Shindell
Location - Community Park (3151 N. Litchfield Road)
Dedicated on April 27, 2012, this multi-dimensional and colorful artwork by local artist Mary Shindell has completely transformed Community Park. She titled the park’s new public art, “air, earth, water,” because, she states, these three elements are all intertwined throughout the park. “air,” for example, is represented by Egyptian-inspired symbols (hieroglyphics) to represent Goodyear’s early industry of raising Egyptian cotton during World War I for airplane tires. “air” also represents Community Park’s various sport venues and equipment, some of which soar into the air, such as skateboarding, basketball, and volleyball. “earth” is represented by the many animals and plants etched into the red granite, all of which are indigenous to the Southwest. And “water” gets its due too. One example is the park’s very popular and refreshing splash pad.