The Maverick Mural

The Maverick Mural

Scottsdale halts The Maverick Mural as access, color scheme draw concerns

A red, white and blue mural honoring the state of Arizona and late Sen. John McCain has been halted at the request of Scottsdale City Council until a review of the decision is completed.

Tammy Caputi, the one dissenting vote at DRB, says she voted no on the McCain mural solely based on DRB principals.

“I think the case was complicated because the artwork involves Sen. John McCain, who was a great American and a great Arizonan who served his country heroically and deserves to be honored, but perhaps this particular mural was not the appropriate format,” Ms. Caputi said in an emailed response to questions.

“A vote against the mural has nothing to do with the subject matter, but it was difficult for people to separate the issues, I believe, since it’s emotional.”

The DRB commissioner says the specific issues she saw were clearly outlined in the DRB agenda on Dec. 20. She described that the red and blue colors proposed for the mural are not light earth tones that reflect the Sonoran Desert palette, and may not be appropriate within the context of the Marshall Way — Craftsman’s Court design guidelines.

She also says the scale of the mural encompasses the entire façade of the north elevation of the building, which diverts from the pedestrian experience encouraged within the district.

“The location of the mural on the north side of the building abutting the property line poses a challenge for accessibility,” she said. “There were concerns from the adjacent property owner about how the building wall will be accessed to paint and maintain the mural, and possible trespassing onto the parking lot by pedestrians to view the mural.”

Ms. Caputi says she thinks the City Council was justified in their decision to take another look at the DRB’s review.

“I am fully in support of public art and in honoring Sen. McCain, but I think this particular mural needs further discussion for the reasons I’ve outlined. I voted no because I think these are valid concerns that need to be addressed further before giving the project a green light,” Ms. Caputi says.

“I think the City Council was justified in voting to view the decision and take another look. The mural is very large and bright and will be with us for a long time; let’s make sure we get this right and with the community on board.”

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