Uptown Plaza is Launching an Art Contest for Seven Wooden Benches |

Uptown Plaza is central Phoenix will be accepting submissions for artwork on their seven benches around the center. The contest will run from June 1st through the 15th.

The benches were made by Modern Manor’s Ryan Durkin, who recreated them based on blueprints found in an old trunk of one of Disneyland’s original designers.

Artists will have one month to complete their artwork (July 1-31), which will then be placed back at Uptown Plaza with a placard acknowledging each artists work. A stipend will be given to the seven chosen artists.

So, calling all artists – what would your bench look like? Submissions can be made by sending ideas to uptown@mmprmarketing.com.

Uptown Plaza was originally built in 1955 as the Valley’s first suburban shopping center. In 2016, this landmark shopping center was artfully renovated to reveal its classic mid-century look, while the original vibrant mix of local, regional and national tenants was restored.

Located on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Camelback Road, in the heart of Phoenix’s historic north-central neighborhood, Uptown Plaza today is a lively urban hotspot, boasting a wide variety of retailers and restaurants such as Elly’s Brunch & Cafe, Huss Brewing Co., Shake Shack, Local Nomad, Chula Seafood, Francesca’s, Modernique and West Elm. For more information about Uptown Plaza, please visit the website at www.uptownplazaphx.com.

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