Permanent Collection

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Permanent Collection

Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection consists of artworks and artifacts representative of the Nature, Art, and Culture of the Sonoran Desert Region. Ranging from basketry and fiber arts to sculptural works and paintings, works from the Permanent Collection are displayed through our Quarterly “Collection Spotlight” and periodically in our thematic exhibitions.

Many of the sculptural works on the grounds are Permanent Collection items, including work by Mark Rossi, Fred Borcherdt, Ned Egen, and many others on display year-round.


As a recipient of the Frank Lloyd Wright Memorial Award in 1965, Anthony Melendy created artworks that offered new perspectives on traditional materials. In this wall-hung sculpture, the undulating copper limbs mimic the buoyancy of floating seaweed as it reaches towards the ocean’s surface, offering us a unique glimpse of the many forms of copper. Space Form is on display from Tohono Chul’s Permanent Collection on the Exhibit House Patio.

Image: Anthony Melendy | Space Form | copper | 95.1.3

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