"History in Green and Blue" - by artist Nina Solomon and Heidi Dauphin
Location - Palmateer Park (200 E. Western Avenue)
Goodyear’s historic Palmateer Park features a colorful, eye-catching art sign that fronts Western Avenue, east of Litchfield Road. Titled “History in Green and Blue,” the functional sculpture was designed by local artists Nina Solomon and Heidi Dauphin and constructed of fired ceramic tiles, crisp metal lettering, and a sepia-colored photo tile “time line” that showcases Goodyear’s history from the 1950s through the 1960s. A close look shows the combination of imaginative and practical thought that went into the design. The name “Palmateer Park” was cleverly angled so that drivers can read the sign whether they’re entering or leaving Historic Goodyear. The “green,” seen in the lowest section, represents the cotton that the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company used to make wheels to support America’s efforts during the First World War. Above the cotton is the expansive blue sky that graces our city, and above that, brown metal mountains reminiscent of the Estrella and White Tank ranges frame the design just as they frame our city.