FRESH • ARTS Mark Carroll is the artist behind the 8-foot-tall, stainless steel art installation “Balanced, Journey” that sits prominently at the garden entrance of the new Element Hotel Scottsdale at SkySong. (Photo by Pablo Robles)
ave Creek artist Mark Carroll’s many sculptures seemingly stretch from coast to coast —from the 13-feet-tall horse monuments at both entrances of Cave Creek to an 11-sculpture garden at Weinberg Campus in Getzville, New York. And as of mid-June, Carroll has one more art installation to add to his growing list of commissioned work: the 8-foot-tall, stainless steel “Balanced, Journey” that sits prominently at the garden entrance of the new Element Hotel Scottsdale at SkySong. Element Hotel Scottsdale at SkySong is a 157-room property, located within the masterplanned SkySong development, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. It was “designed to fuel a balanced life while on the road,” according to Michele Wheeler,
Skysong’s Element Hotel artwork promotes enchantment By Kristine Cannon
development partner of the Element Hotel Scottsdale at SkySong, and president and chief operating officer for Jackson-Shaw, the hotel developer. Carroll’s recently unveiled art installation will echo the Element Hotel Scottsdale at SkySong’s mission. “We are striving to create a unique sense of place at the Element Hotel Scottsdale at SkySong, and the ‘Balanced, Journey’ artwork
being installed on the site is an important part of that vision,”Wheeler says. “Mark’s incredible sculpture aligns our vision, engaging the senses that will hopefully inspire and enchant visitors.” With “Balanced, Journey,” which was forged in 304 stainless steel, Carroll aimed for a design that was “open and airy, with balanced movement and a joyful uplifting feeling,” he describes. Carroll says viewers are encouraged to bring their own interpretations to the sculpture. “It might be seen as figurative, like a dancer, or maybe a cloud-filled sunset, or maybe a star in the cosmos,” he says. Carroll has been a local professional sculptor and in business as The Sculpture Studio since 1985.
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