Harry Above the Crowd, 1998

Harry Above the Crowd. Steel, ceramic tile, and concrete, 35’ x 14’ x14’. Located at City Hall. Tempe, AZ. Fabricated in collaboration with Michael Levine and R.J Ruff and Co, 1998.


Harry Above the Crowd, commemorates Harry Mitchell. The base of the sculpture uses printed tiles to create a timeline representing Harry's tenure as Mayor of Tempe. Fragments of history (news articles, budgets, blue prints), placed chronologically, create a winding spiral path that reflects the history of the city. 


“A soaring, 35-foot-tall depiction of a beloved city councilman, 1970-78, and mayor, 1978-1994, as a stilt walker. Creator John Randall Nelson intended the exaggerated dimensions of “Harry Above the Crowd” to represent Harry Mitchell’s “heightened sense of potential, performance and accomplishment.” Not coincidentally, live stilt walkers regularly stroll the city’s Mill Avenue during spring and fall Tempe Festival of the Arts.” Lisa Polacheck, Where Magazine, 2015