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PHX’s beautiful mural and Ohio’s not knowing Right from Wright
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OCTOBER 22, 2021 1:20 PM
“The Phoenix” by Paul Coze once displayed in Terminal 2 welcomes visitors in Rental Car Center
A beloved mural by Paul Coze that greeted travelers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for decades is once again ready to be visited and seen at the airport’s Rental Car Center.
“The Phoenix,” a triptych 75 feet wide and 16 feet high, is believed to be the first piece of public art commissioned by the city that was chosen through a public process. City leaders invited artists in 1960 to submit concepts that were put on display at the Phoenix Public Library, and citizens voted for their favorite design. Coze’s design was selected and his mural debuted when Terminal 2 opened in 1962.The mural resided in Terminal 2 and remained in its central location over the main hall after the terminal closed and was decommissioned in early 2020. The mural had already been designated for relocation, which took place from March to fall 2021, when it was installed at the Rental Car Center.
“The history represented in this mural—from the imagery of Hohokam symbols, modern tribes and Latino heritage to mining and technology depictions—speaks to each one of us,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “We are all represented in this work of art.”
The mural represents Phoenix’s past, present and future. Besides paint media, 52 different materials, including glass and ceramic mosaic tiles, soil and sand from around the state, plastics, aluminum and gemstones, are used in the mural construction.
Two members of the Phoenix City Council agreed that “The Phoenix” is a fitting showcase for travelers of the city’s rich diversity and heritage.
“Paul Coze’s mural highlights the rich diversity of our city,” said Councilwoman Betty Guardado, District 5. “At its new location, visitors will not only see the history of the city, but also a reflection of the resiliency of the men and women that make Phoenix what it is today.”
“Paul Coze’s mural has depicted Phoenix’s rich and diverse history and landscape to travelers and residents for nearly 60 years,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, District 7. “I am thrilled that visitors to our great city will continue to experience this important piece of art.”
“The Phoenix” can be viewed on the southwest corner of the central escalator lobby in the Rental Car Center. It will be even easier to access by mid-2022, when the PHX Sky Train® extension to the Rental Car Center opens to the public.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 125,000 passengers arrived at and departed from Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.
Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles did a quick 180 after failing its creative license test on Thursday with a physics-defying image of the Wright Flyer. The state’s motto is “Birthplace of Aviation” in reference to the Wright brothers’ Dayton headquarters for development of what is generally accepted to be the first powered aircraft. The BMV’s new design for license plates incorporates a banner-towing version of the aircraft that first took flight in North Carolina in 1903. Shortly after the unveiling of the new design, Ohioans flooded social media to point out that the rendering of the Wright’s ash, spruce and linen world-changing invention was depicted backward and was therefore pushing the banner.
The BMV wasted little time in flipping the image and announced a clean-sheet redesign the same day. “We are aware that the plane on the new Ohio license plate unveiled this morning was oriented in the wrong direction. We regret this mistake and have fixed the image,” the BMV tweeted, with an accompanying image of the fixed plate.
What’s not clear is if any of the 35,000 plates already produced by inmates at the Lebanon correctional facility had made it to any vehicle’s back bumper. Those in the state’s possession will be recycled.
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