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Set at the entrance to the University Park neighborhood adjacent to the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, this public art piece is an artistic adaptation of an existing irrigation standpipe. The sprawling lots of this neighborhood are water-fed by irrigation channels and give life to uncharacteristically (for Phoenix) large, old-growth trees. The vision of residents was to give a nod to the proximity of the University, the "Professor Row" nickname of the neighborhood and the beloved trees in the area. As such, a tree-stump comprised of over 700 ceramic bookends was conceptualized and brought to life with the use of City of Tempe Neighborhood Artistic Grant monies.
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