Tempe, Arizona: Earth Thermometer

13 feet high and tilted, the stainless steel sculpture rises from a base depicting the planet's continents. Public art meets climate change. How cold and hot can the ground get in Tempe? Now everybody knows.

8544 S. Emerald Drive, Tempe, AZ
I-10 exit 158. Turn east onto Warner Rd. At the first stoplight turn left onto Emerald Drive. You'll quickly see the thermometer on the left, at the corner of Jewel St.
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Earth Thermometer.

Earth Thermometer

The Earth Thermometer is in the middle of a suburban shopping area, near IKEA in Tempe. You have to park behind the nearest building and walk across the dirt lot to view it because it's in the middle of an intersection and there is nowhere to stop right next to it.

The art was designed by local Tempe artist Ted Troxel. The plaque is a little hard to read. The sculpture has lighting indicating the temperature and changes according to the outside temp.

[Jenny Sandlin, 09/22/2021]

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