Elements of Play medallion on the stage below the Sources of Play and pathway running through the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center (NTMGC). The medallion is cast in place with integrally colored concrete. The images in each colored section correspond to each one of the Sources of Play: “Physique,”” Emotion,” and “Intellect.” Corresponding colored elements embedded in the path continue on down the full length of the path toward the building.
All the art elements of Play Like a River are connected to a riverine path that runs the full length of the NTMGC’s site from north to south, and through the building. The Sources of Play and Elements of Play are situated at the north end of the site. There are two more matching medallions at each entrance to the building. Tom worked on a design team with Michael Kelly, lead architect, and Ruben Valenzuela, landscape architect, to create a municipal facility where the public art elements are threaded through and well integrated with the final site. The North Tempe Multi-Generational Center went on to win a Valley Forward’s Crescordia Award in 2006 and a Valley Forward Award of Merit in 2007.