"The Phoenix" by Paul Coze
The Phoenix, a 75-foot-wide tryptich created by Arizona artist Paul Coze is an iconic city landmark. It was originally located on the west wall in the Terminal 2 lobby and has been relocated to its new home at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Rental Car Center.
See a media kit that gives more information on this mural and other artwork at the Rental Car Center and the adjacent PHX Sky Train® Station.
“The Phoenix” is believed to be the first piece of city-commissioned public art that was chosen through a public process. Artists were invited by the city in 1960 to submit art concepts for the new Terminal 2 that would be built and opened in 1962. They were put on display at the Phoenix Public Library, and citizens voted for their favorite design. Coze’s design was selected and his mural debuted when Terminal 2 opened.
The mural resided in Terminal 2 over the main hall. The mural had already been designated for relocation after the terminal closed and was decommissioned in early 2020. The mural was removed and stored beginning in from March 2021 before it was installed at the Rental Car Center in fall 2021.
The following pictures are from the removal from Terminal 2 and storage process of The Phoenix, which occurred earlier in 2021 before it was reinstalled at the Rental Car Center.
Watch "The Phoenix Rises Again" to learn more about how the iconic mural was conceptualized, created and relocated nearly 60 years later: