(Phoenix, Ariz.) September 8, 2016: Five local artists have been selected to paint inspiring and high profile public art at Tumbleweed’s Phoenix Youth Resource Center, concluding a popular and successful contest dubbed, “Wonderwall.”
More than 75 artists submitted concepts for the five high-profile spaces on the exterior wall of the facility at 428 N. 24th Street in Phoenix.
Artists were asked to deliver images of hope, strength and a brighter future to inspire homeless youth and the 105,000 motorists who pass each week.
The diverse, inspiring and appealing entries attracted a lot of attention: 4,481 public votes were registered during the four-week entry period that ended September 2.
A judging panel from Tumbleweed narrowed the selections down to a top ten and after a vigorous discussion, the public’s votes were taken into consideration to make the final decision.
The following artists were selected:
- Mark Hicks – A Fortunate Breeze
- Josh Brizuela – FRIEND
- Cynthia Huettner – Hope, Open, Grow
- Mindy Timm – Love Grows Here
- Nicholas Holt – Believe in Yourself
“We were overwhelmed with the response we received,” said Tumbleweed Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Schuler. “We’re incredibly grateful to those who took the time and effort to submit their images, in addition to those who voted for their favorites.”
The five selected artists will be installing their work on 11’ x 7’ exterior panels.
The Wonderwall name was inspired by the Oasis song and the lyric, “Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me . . . And after all, you’re my wonderwall.”
Young musicians associated with Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation will perform the song during the unveiling in the near future.
The Phoenix Youth Resource Center offers showers, food, water, washers, dryers, computers and guidance for homeless and vulnerable youth ages 12-25. There is a similar Tumbleweed facility serving teens in Tempe.
“Homeless teens are different than homeless adults,” Cynthia Schuler adds, “They are resilient; they can bounce back and become productive, independent young adults if given the opportunity and guidance they need.”