Tucson, Arizona: Roadside Glowing Cocoon

A 40-foot-long walk-thru tunnel of messy steel tubes, lit after dark in lurid Italian-horror-movie colors. It's art.
Address:
S. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ
Directions:
Southeast edge of the city. I-10 exit 275. Drive north on S. Houghton Rd for six miles. You'll see the sculpture on the right, about a quarter-mile past the stoplight for Bilby Rd.
Hours:
Best at night. It lights up.
Admission:
Free
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Cocoon.

Cocoon Sculpture

Meant to be experienced at night, which makes sense in the southern Arizona desert. Cocoon is a 40-foot-long tunnel of steel tubes, lit after dark in lurid Italian-horror-movie colors. Commissioned by the city of Tucson and sculpted in 2014 by Blessing Hancock, who says that the nighttime shadows cast onto its surfaces by pedestrians "express a sense of rebirth and transformation."

[Tony Andreaccio, 04/07/2017]

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