Fire and Water - by artist Ken Williams
Location - Fire Station 185 (15875 W. Clubhouse Dr, Goodyear, AZ 85395)
Rivers of fire, water, and smoke made of ceramic tiles are the subject of Goodyear's newest public artwork, recently installed on the exterior wall of Fire Station 185. The large-scale ceramic tile mural was created by nationally renowned artist Ken Williams. The piece features the Maltese Cross, the symbol of the firefighting profession. After seeking input in public meetings, Williams developed a lively, colorful concept honoring firefighters and incorporating ideas suggested by the community.
A panel of firefighters, residents, the Arts and Culture Commission, and arts professionals selected Williams from more than 50 artists who applied for the project. With more than 70 public and private commissions to his credit, Williams has also earned many awards, including the Pueblo Art Council's "Excellence in the Arts" award and the Colorado Governor's "Award for Excellence in the Arts."
The project cost $45,000 and was funded by Goodyear's Percent-for-Art Ordinance, which dedicates up to 1% of the City's capital improvement budget for public art.