The City of Scottsdale has unveiled its modifications to a popular public art sculpture, One-Eyed Jack, by adding a face mask to encourage public safety.
Through a collaboration with the city and Scottsdale Public Art, the 26-foot, 20,000-pound jackrabbit sculpture made of steel, located on the corner of Marshall Way and Indian School Road, dons a face mask, according to a press release.
The statue is illuminated at night with blue lighting in support of all essential workers as part of the Make It Blue campaign --- #MakeItBlue.
“Scottsdale Arts is honored to have public art, a key component of Scottsdale’s identity, do its part in sharing the message that, during these uncertain times, we are all in this together,” said Kim Boganey, Scottsdale Public Art director, in a prepared statement.
“Like One-Eyed Jack, we must all do our part by staying safe and wearing our masks!”
When Wendy Raisanen, curator of exhibitions and collections for Scottsdale Public Art, as well as an artist and seamstress, contacted the One-Eyed Jack creator John Randall Nelson for his thoughts on lighting the sculpture blue, the release said that he “loved the idea and suggested adding a mask.”
Ms. Raisanen made the mask for One-Eye Jack and the city’s décor vendor Christmas Light Decorators offered to install it, noted the release.
“It’s a fun and creative way for us to state Scottsdale is reopen for business, especially in our beloved Old Town,” said City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane in a prepared statement.
“It’s also a great way to remind folks to be safe, be healthy, and continue to adhere to all the social distancing recommendations.”
As the city reopens for business, partnerships with local organizations have been cultivated to help support local business including supportscottdale.com, an online resource marketplace; Scottsdale Thrives, a partnership with Scottsdale IDA to offer relief to Scottsdale companies with 50 employees or less that may need extra funds during this pandemic, and other key collaborations.
For more about the city’s preparations and safety precautions for continual phases of reopening: scottsdaleaz.gov or oldtownscottsdaleaz.com.