SkySong Now Home to New, Dramatic Piece of Public Art

Sunburst public art

“Sunburst” Provides Colorful Addition Next to Newest Building at SkySong

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 14, 2020) — SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is now home to a new and spectacular public art installation.

Sunburst has been installed approximately 20 feet above the ground just outside of SkySong 5, welcoming visitors to the project entering from Scottsdale Road onto SkySong Boulevard. The steel and glass structure is suspended in the air with cables, and is constructed from stainless steel and laminated glass.

According to the artists, Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee of RE:site, “we took inspiration from the spherical astrolabe, an astronomical computer used throughout history for navigation and predicting the positions of the Sun and stars. Sunburst, reinterprets the rings of an astrolabe as sunburst diagrams, a type of data visualization used in diverse fields to show meaningful relationships in complex data.”

The sculpture features three stainless-steel framework rings that are embedded with color-changing glass panels. The three rings are connected in a three-axis relationship, inspired by the form of a spherical astrolabe. Suspended by steel columns, “the resulting form is a dramatic, radiant gesture that celebrates the convergence of data, technology, and the global economy,” the artists said.


Sharon Harper, Chairman and CEO of Plaza Companies, said the new artwork is part of SkySong’s vision of connecting the business community, public sector and arts community.

“This is a stunning addition to SkySong and really embodies the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship we have created as part of the project,” Harper said. “We are very pleased with how this artwork turned out and how it is enriching the project’s mission as a connector of business, community and art.”

Plaza Companies is the master developer of SkySong, in partnership with University Realty, the City of Scottsdale and Holualoa Companies. The art was installed with funds that were agreed to between the ASU Foundation and City of Scottsdale several years ago.

According to the artists, the title Sunburst has multiple meanings. “The Sun is central to ASU symbolism and the natural environment of Arizona,” they wrote in a recent blog post. “As the bright Arizona sun travels overhead, the sculpture’s dichroic glass panels change color, transparency, and reflectivity. The artwork changes continually with the movement of the sun and the viewer, poetically evoking that technologically-driven data is continually changing in real-time.”

“We strive to create an exceptional environment at SkySong, and features such as Sunburst bring life to this unique business space,” said Neal Woodbury, interim executive vice president and chief science and technology officer, ASU Knowledge Enterprise. “It is gratifying to see such beautiful visual elements accompany the work being done at SkySong.”

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

  • Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
  • Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
  • Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
  • Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong have the opportunity to partner with Arizona State University, which has more than 100,000 students studying across four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, in Lake Havasu City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. ASU is one of the largest public universities in the nation, with the majority of its students attending its campus in Tempe, Arizona, less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

The Coppola Cheney Group of Lee & Associates is SkySong’s leasing broker. For more information on SkySong, visit or follow developments on Facebook.


About SkySong

Plaza Companies is the developer of the project in partnership with Arizona State University Foundation, the City of Scottsdale and Holualoa Companies. Lee and Associates provides the brokerage services and Plaza del Rio Management Corporation provides the property management and construction services. Architects at SkySong include Pei Cobb Fried and Partners, DMJM Design, Butler Design Group and Kendle Design Collaborative.

About Plaza Companies

With offices in Peoria, Scottsdale and Tucson, Plaza Companies is a full-service real estate firm specializing in the management, leasing and development of medical office and commercial office properties, technology and bioscience facilities, mixed-use properties and senior housing communities. Since 1982, Plaza Companies has established a proud track record as a competitive, connected and conscientious real estate firm with partnerships throughout the industries it serves. For more information, visit

About University Realty

University Realty is a subsidiary of ASU Enterprise Partners, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to generating resources for the benefit of Arizona State University. www.

About Holualoa Companies

Holualoa Companies is a real estate investment firm focused on the successful acquisition, repositioning, redevelopment and disposition of real estate assets. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, with offices in Phoenix, Santa Monica, Hawaii and Paris, its investments span the United States and Europe and include office, retail, industrial, multi-family, hotel and mixed-use investment properties. Holualoa is an experienced investor for its own account and on behalf of a select group of private investors.

About the City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale is one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is a partnership of premier health care providers and biomedical companies seeking to advance medicine and patient care through cutting-edge research. For more information, visit

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