Rillito River Park Trail Art

The Rillito River Park section offers more works of Tucson Loop art than any. Extreme Batty Biker is a playful steel sculpture (third in the series of Batty Bikers) showcasing the role of roosting bats under the bridges along The Loop. Check out the Batty Biker Family – perhaps the best of the “battys” located on the South bank of Rillito at Campbell Avenue.

We recommend parking at The Rillito Race Track or in St. Phillips Plaza where there are some good restaurants, coffee and bakery opportunities.

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Extreme Batty Biker – Tucson Loop Art – 1

  • Artist: Stephen Fairfield
  • Installed:2017
  • Loop Art Overview: This playful steel sculpture of a bat on a mountain bike is the third in a series showcasing the role of roosting bats under the bridges along The Loop.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Agave Walls – Tucson Loop Art – 2

  • Artist: Vicki Scuri
  • Installed: 2011
  • Loop Art Overview: Stair-stepped shapes paired with an agave cactus form create a wave motion on this 400-foot bridge, providing continuity with the wave theme found on related projects along the corridor.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

La Puerta – Tucson Loop Art – 3

  • Artist: Rebecca Thompson
  • Installed: 2007
  • Loop Art Overview: The large rammed earth doorway is made from local soil and Portland cement. The two bronze key panels that grace the top of the structure were created by 200 youth from Flowing Wells Jr. High and High School.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Sun Circle – Tucson Loop Art – 4

  • Artists: Paul T. Edwards, Susan Holman, Chris Tanz
  • Installed: 1994
  • Loop Art Overview: This circular structure built of concrete block and flagstone features eight interrupted curving walls create a kiva-like circle. Six of the walls have small ports oriented toward sunrise and sunset at the summer and winter solstices, and the spring and fall equinoxes.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Magic Carpet – Tucson Loop Art – 5

  • Artist: Nicholas Burke
  • Installed: Unknown
  • Loop Art Overview: Commissioned by the Thomason Family, this sculpture is the centerpiece of an expanded memorial wall and garden.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Omni Primo – Tucson Loop Art – 6

  • Artist: Joe Ventura
  • Installed: 1978
  • Loop Art Overview: The Pima County / Tucson Parks and Recreation Civic Arts Project brought together 765 children from the community to create each component of this sculpture under the guidance of Joe Ventura. Funding was provided through the Federal Recreation Summer Program.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Hard Times – Tucson Loop Art – 7

  • Artist: David Flynn
  • Installed: 2007
  • Loop Art Overview: A large steel bench in the form of a horseshoe is painted the color of aluminum. Anchors in the shape of giant horseshoe nails serve to anchor the bench to the ground.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

People Play – Tucson Loop Art – 8

  • Artist: Thomas Bredlow
  • Installed: 1981
  • Loop Art Overview: A tower of open steel parabolic arches narrows from its circular base to its top. Sixteen steel cut-out figures play and climb among the arches from the base to the top of the tower.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Sunday Columns – Tucson Loop Art – 9

  • Artist: Nina Borgia-Aberle
  • Installed: 2000
  • Loop Art Overview: Powder-coated yellow poles feature bright yellow metal circles at the top. Varied colored handmade ceramic tile bands encircle the lower portion of the poles, representing activities that take place in the Park.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Subaerial Embrace – Tucson Loop Art – 10

  • Artists: Zach Lihtash and Troy Neiman
  • Installed: 2021
  • Loop Art Overview: Artists were inspired by hoodoos and rock formations near Windy Point in the Catalina Mountains. The sculpture, that you can move through, is made of steel and concrete stucco and provides protection for a bike|pedestrian counter.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Nature of Movement – Tucson Loop Art – 11

  • Artist: Joshua Wiener
  • Installed: 2015
  • Loop Art Overview: The sculpture is created in aluminum and steel that has been submerged in concrete. The sculpture is powder-coated and cold connected.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Rillito Hawks – Tucson Loop Art – 12

  • Artist: Joseph Lupiani
  • Installed:2011
  • Loop Art Overview: Three life-size hawk sculptures with an incised feather pattern are mounted to angled steel poles.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Gateway Arch – Tucson Loop Art – 13

  • Artist: Eric Lee Cooper
  • Installed: 1997
  • Loop Art Overview: The metal railing and gateway bridge include angled tops in mountain-like forms. Various small shapes are welded into the fencing including leaves, flowers, wrenches, and ratchets.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Batty Biker Family – Tucson Loop Art – 14

  • Artist: Stephen Fairfield
  • Installed: 2016
  • Loop Art Overview: This whimsical steel sculpture of bats on bikes pays tribute to the Campbell Avenue bridge where bats roost.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

A Gneiss Bench to Sit On – Tucson Loop Art – 15

  • Artist: Chris Tanz
  • Installed: 2009
  • Loop Art Overview: Catalina gneiss, a distinctive mixture of two colors of granite, was used to create these benches constructed of several boulders fitted together and two additional boulders that define a larger seating area. The benches face north to capture the view of the Catalinas.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Over There – Tucson Loop Art – 16

  • Artist: Al Glann
  • Installed: 2021
  • Loop ArtOverview: This stainless steel horse was donated by Bill and Roberta Witchger through Sculpture Tucson “Sculpture in the Street” program. The artist created the metal equine less than one mile from this location.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Shindigger Blue – Tucson Loop Art – 17

  • Artist: Mark Wallis
  • Installed: 2018
  • Loop Art Overview: The Shindigger Blue name was inspired by the Shindigger cactus, whose name amused the artist, a native of Indiana. The sculpture addresses aesthetic concerns that deal with balance, composition, kinetics, spatial relationships and a sense of spirited life.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Boy & Girl on Horse – Tucson Loop Art – 18

  • Artist: The Large Art Company
  • Installed: Unknown
  • Loop Art Overview: Two young children are perched upon the back of a grazing horse. The boy seems to be totally into the moment, while the young girl is taking it in stride.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Gonzo – Tucson Loop Art – 19

  • Artists: Gail Roberts and Colleen Conlin
  • Installed: 2019
  • Loop Art Overview: “Gonzo,” the beloved family pet of the Fenton family for whom the park is named, is immortalized in this playful pose.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Two Kids on a Bench – Tucson Loop Art – 20

  • Artist: The Large Art Company
  • Installed: Unknown
  • Loop Art Overview: Two life-size children (boy and girl) read a book together on a small park bench in this high-quality American bronze.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Memorial Butterfly Garden – Tucson Loop Art – 21

  • Artist: Unknown
  • Installed: 2006
  • Loop Art Overview: This metal sculpture pays tribute to the park’s namesake and her love of butterflies.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

The Ant’s Picnic – Tucson Loop Art – 22

  • Artist: Steve Kimble
  • Installed: 2019
  • Loop Art Overview: Each aluminum ant weighs about 60 pounds An anonymous donor purchased the ants to be placed in a public park. The artist worked with Pima County to install the ants on the roof of a ramada where people enjoy picnics.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Towers of a Martian Odyssey – Tucson Loop Art – 24

  • Artist: Art Neptune
  • Installed: 2018
  • Loop Art Overview: Inspired by the movie “2001, A Space Odyssey” 8 steel tubes sized from 8 feet to 17.5 feet tall are spaced serendipitously along the bike path. All but one has plasma cut holes of different designs, leaving the meaning open to the viewers’ interpretation.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Alvernon Way Bridge – Tucson Loop Art – 25

  • Artist: Barbara Grygutis
  • Installed: 2007
  • Loop Art Overview: The bridge design is influenced by the artist’s work, allowing the bridge form to appear to grow out of the wash.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Recliners & Chess Tables – Tucson Loop Art – 26

  • Artist: Rebecca Thompson
  • Installed: 2008
  • Loop Art Overview: Four chaise lounge chairs composed of steel and polished cast concrete include a cast concrete table with either a game board top or cast objects (coffee cup, newspaper, towel, drinking glass) of concrete or bronze.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Midsummer Night’s Dream – Tucson Loop Art – 27

  • Artist: Rebecca Thompson
  • Installed: 2010
  • Loop Art Overview: A restful 30 feet × 25 feet garden with Palo Verde trees, plants, stone seating, bronze and stainless steel sculpture.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Marble Waters – Tucson Loop Art – 28

  • Artist: Robin Riley
  • Installed:2008
  • Loop Art Overview: This combination of cascading rain and raindrops shows the abstract movement of water using 2,000 iridescent glass marbles and broken tile. The raindrops are circles of broken tile with marbles inside.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

Reflections – Tucson Loop Art – 29

  • Artist: David Flynn
  • Installed:2009
  • Loop Art Overview: Hand-forged steel bars in the shape of a Y are anchored in reinforced concrete. One of three natural boulders features a hand-forged steel relief of agave and dome.

Please note that each Tucson Loop work of art has a number that corresponds to our free downloadable PDF.

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