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 Associates, 1998.


Harry Above the Crowd, celebrates Tempe Mayor Harry Mitchell. The base of the sculpture uses printed tiles to create a timeline highlighting Mitchell’s carreer. Transferring fragments of history (news articles, budgets, blue prints, etc.) onto tiles and placing them chronologically, creates a winding path that reflects Tempe's history. 


“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.” 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