What Tucson sculptures make you pause to think or laugh?

What Tucson sculptures make you pause to think or laugh?

Many of my favorites say something about this place.

"Border Dynamics" is powerful in size and construction and in its message. It is big -- at least 12 feet tall, I'd guess, and made of thick steel. This photo shows just one view -- there are two similar figures on the other side. Are they holding up the wall? Building it? Pushing it over? This photo does not do justice to this truly local sculpture. Check in out for yourself. It's on the north side of Second Street on the UA campus. The sculptors were Alberto Morackis and Guadalupe Serrano.

"Another Martyr #4," a bronze by Fritz Scholder, is also on the UA campus, in front of the main library. The martyr seems to be closely examining everyone who approaches but does not give a hint of what he or she is thinking of each one of us.

I love the way passersby interact with this small sculpture and its two sister pieces. This one frames a view of the old Pima County Courthouse. Another is a kaleidoscope and the third has a bunch of lenses. They are on the west side of the downtown library. People touch these sculptures and look through them. The artist is David Elliott.

"Poet," by Ben Olmstead and Simon Donovan, is at the north end of the streetcar line, near the University of Arizona Poetry Center. I like the way the letters reflect the light and cast shadows on the sidewalk. The messages seems to change as the sun moves over the head. I have not been by lately at night, but if I recall correctly,  the poet is thinking even after dark when the piece is lighted from inside.

Tucson's best window displays

Tucson's best window displays

Campbell & Glenn: The perfect place for a country home

Campbell & Glenn: The perfect place for a country home