My final photographic stop while I was in the Phoenix area was the Tempe Center for the Arts. The roof-line of the building immediately caught my attention and I spent a good amount of time focusing on its geometry. If you can’t tell by now, my favorite architectural forms to photograph tend to be very geometric, angular and abstract.
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
I did spend a little more time here than I had anticipated and walked around three sides of the building and inside as well. There’s an interesting reflecting pond known as Mare Undarum – Sea of Waves on the north side of the building. A little mix in preferences between color and B+W.
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
The interior was interesting as well and was a welcome reprieve from the ridiculous heat. As I mentioned in my last post, this was still pretty rushed from how I typically shoot because I was just over dealing with the heat and had other stops I wanted to make, though I ended up calling it quits after this one.
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
tempe center for the arts
Right outside the building is the new(ish) Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge designed by T.Y. Lin International and Otak Architects. It’s the first and, I believe, only bridge on the lake solely dedicated to pedestrians. The design pulls inspiration from the Salt River, Tempe Center for the Arts roof-line and the adjacent railroad bridge. This is another location I’d spent more time exploring if I revisit.
tempe town lake pedestrian bridge
As you can imagine I have most of these images in their alternate color or B+W from what’s shown here…take a look here for the Tempe Center for the Arts and here for the Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge.

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