Scottsdale Public Art debuts interactive artwork at annual festival

Scottsdale Arts FestivalA rocking new interactive artwork will be keeping people on their toes at the 45th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival March 13–15.

In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will debut the newly commissioned interactive artwork “Shifting Sand Land” by artist Bobby Zokaites, a recent M.F.A. graduate of ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, who explores themes of adventure and childhood in his playful, large-scale spaces and objects.

Inspired by the video-game world of Super Mario Brothers, “Shifting Sand Land” is an imaginative landscape of colorful platforms, each ranging in diameter from 18 inches to 6 feet, which gently rock back and forth, inviting visitors to climb on and hop from one to the next.

Scottsdale Public Art will debut the newly commissioned interactive artwork "Shifting Sand Land" by artist Bobby Zokaites, at this year's Scottsdale Arts Festival.

Scottsdale Public Art will debut the newly commissioned interactive artwork “Shifting Sand Land” by artist Bobby Zokaites, at this year’s Scottsdale Arts Festival.

The work will be installed near City Hall in Scottsdale Civic Center Park for all three days of the Festival.

Zokaites has been fabricating “Shifting Sand Land” at ASU’s Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix. It is his first major commission for Scottsdale Public Art.

Recognized as one of the country’s top arts fairs and named “Best Arts Festival” by Phoenix New Times, the Scottsdale Arts Festival features 175 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, local gourmet food trucks, creative activities for kids at the Imagine Nation family area, free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and much more.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival is presented by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, part of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council, and takes place on the beautiful grounds of Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for members and children 12 and under. Additional information is available online at ScottsdaleArtsFestival.org or through (480) 499-8587.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival is made possible by Title Sponsor Intravest Title, Presenting Sponsor Pita Jungle; Signature Sponsors Arizona Coyotes, SRP and Valley Buick GMC Dealers; and Supporting Sponsor Highlands Resorts. Additional support is provided by City of Scottsdale, Four Peaks Brewery, Hensley, Safeway, Trinchero Family Estates and Young’s Market Company.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

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