News & Events


Heidi Dauphin: Public Art in Arizona

March 1, 2016

Heidi Dauphin (MFA 2001, BFA 1992) recently completed City Flow, an eight-year public art project for METRO Light Rail in Phoenix, Arizona. Dauphin and her public art partner Nina Solomon were commissioned for this project in 2008, and completed the design in 2009. In 2013 the artists were re-commissioned to fabricate the design that had been put on hold through the economic downturn. City Flow was installed in January of 2016, and the official opening of the light rail line takes place on March 19, 2016.

From a distance, City Flow suggests an abstract neighborhood skyline. The METRO Light Rail facilitates a connection of neighborhoods across the city. The movement in the city is suggested by the dynamic angles of the sculpture, the change in size and perspective, as well as by the gradual shift of colors across the surface. Close up, viewers can discover clues and surprises within the textures and arrangement of the tiles. Architectural and domestic references are imprinted into the tile surfaces, hinting at the variety of individual and unique personalities among neighborhoods in the city. Over 400 ceramic tiles were made to fit into 22 aluminum frames to complete this project. 25 different glazes were used to create the color pattern flowing over the surface.

This is Dauphin’s sixth public art project in the Phoenix area with Solomon. She is also currently working on privately commissioned artwork for local Phoenix businesses and residences and occasionally teaching.

Learn more at

Heidi Dauphin: Public Art in Arizona