Artist Sarah Hurwitz on the Great Canal Monster and Why Sky Harbor Is Her Favorite Place in Phoenix

Sarah Hurwitz
Hurwitz illustrated this year's pocket guide to Phoenix.

Arizona native, artist and new mom Sarah Hurwitz brought her singularly imaginative style to this year's Quick PHX (our annual pocket guide to the city) -- and answered a few questions, too.

See also: 9 Favorite Things We Saw at Art Detour 26

Becky Bartkowski
Sarah Hurwitz's sculpture, Participation Prize, is at Roosevelt and Fifth street.
What made you want to be an artist?
I never have a great answer to this question! As a kid I never really thought of art as a "job." Even in college I decided to major in art without ever having taken an art class. It wasn't until I applied to graduate school that I thought, "So I guess, I'm going to do this art thing." Still at that point, it wasn't out of a place of passion but out of a "I like art a whole lot more than my crappy, post-college job" type of place. Regardless. Glad I made the decision!

How does Phoenix inspire you?
Everything inspires me, but mostly the people around me. The real truth is, Phoenix really motivates me! There are so many cool people doing cool stuff, and it feels very easy to catch that entrepreneurial spirit, in art, food, and craft in this town.

What's the coolest project you've worked on?
Probably a project for someone else! Where I get to contribute fun tid-bits but don't feel too much emotional connection! Also right now I am installing a sculpture for Round 4 of Influx (It will be On Roosevelt and 5th streets), as well as projected piece. It is an award stand, for completing everyday [tasks], such as folding the laundry, walking the dog, or driving your grandma to the dentist. Sometimes participating is hard! I am excited to see the project go up because I have never made an outdoor installation and I am pretty curious to see how it fairs the elements and looks in the sun!

Location Info


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

3400 Sky Harbor Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

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Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

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1515 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Dreamy Draw Recreation Area

2421 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Encanto Park

2605 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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Jordan's Mexican Food

6247 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

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