Artwork dedication set for Scottsdale’s Cavalliere Park

One of eight welded sculptures by Scottsdale artistOne of eight welded sculptures by Scottsdale artistOne of eight welded sculptures by Scottsdale artistOne of eight welded sculptures by Scottsdale artistOne of eight welded sculptures by Scottsdale artistBob Frost is Scottsdale's poet laureate.George Doc CavalliereOne of eight welded sculptures by Scottsdale artist


Twenty years ago, Scottsdale residents Bob Frost and Frank Crerie became friends after Crerie proposed a plan to build an outdoor sculpture garden in the desert.

Crerie, who passed away two years ago at age 91, wanted to model the garden after the Storm King Art Center outside New York City. But he was forced to withdraw the proposal after residents and environmentalists objected.

On Nov. 1, a dedication and ceremony at George “Doc” Cavalliere Park in Scottsdale will pay homage to Crerie’s vision. Thanks to a donation from Crerie to Scottsdale’s Public Art program, the park, at 27775 N. Alma School Parkway, has new artwork modeled after Sonoran Desert plants. The eight welded sculptures, by artist Jeff Zischke, are named “Sonoran Seed Pods” in the shape of magnified seeds and seed pods, according to Scottsdale Public Art.

“I felt it important for me to shepherd this project, this gift, so that the result would be something that Frank would have loved and sort of kept the spirit of the Storm King of the desert alive,” Frost said in prepared remarks shared with The Republic.

Frost will speak at the 11 a.m. celebration along with Zischke, Scottsdale Public Art Director Donna Isaac and Mayor Jim Lane.

The individual sculptures were placed along a hiking trail that loops through the East end of the park, according to Public Art. Zischke will discuss the art pieces and lead a hike through the park’s desert setting, Frost said.

“A key point to make is that the project is not a tribute to Frank, but a gift to the city of Scottsdale from Frank Crerie,” Frost said.

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