Phoenix for Selfies: Finding Photo-Opp-Friendly Art In The Valley Of The Sun

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Whether they are going on Instagram, directly to Facebook or even in a scrapbook, you've got to have photos to show for your vacation.

As much as friends and family will claim to be jealous, they'll want proof that you went somewhere pretty; how better than a self-portrait or posed family shot taken with a piece of curious local art?

Especially for children who can hardly sit still for a photo or teens who use their cameras as minute-by-minute mirrors, the following sites will add a dimension of intrigue to each snap.

The Sculptures of Downtown Mesa
Three or more sculptures per block, per-side-of-street line the sidewalks of downtown Mesa. A variety of artists and styles are represented, and most are at a scale that makes interactive selfies easy. Favorites include a polar bear and cubs, Humpty Dumpty and an old-time newspaper boy.
• FIND THEM: Main Street between Morris Street and Sirrine Street/Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona

The "Welcome to Old Town Scottsdale" Cowboy Sign
A very tall, double-sided cowboy figure stands on a prominent corner in the "souvenir district" of Scottsdale. It's not silhouetted in motion-simulating neon like flashier cowboy signs in Nevada--and that's just fine with scores of daytime picture-posers 'round these parts.
• FIND IT: northeast corner of Scottsdale Road & Main Street, Scottsdale, Arizona

The "Greetings from Tempe" Mosaic Niche
At a perfect height for two children to sit upon and one to stand between them, this colorful, tile-laden statement piece is particularly fun for young siblings seeing their big brother or sister off to college at ASU. • FIND IT: east of Mill Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets, Tempe, Arizona

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"The Ziz" Baseball Monument at Goodyear Ballpark
Baseball fans, regardless of team affiliation, should trek to the Cactus League stadium of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. Donald Lipski designed a spire-like sculpture of a seemingly stretched, red-stitched baseball to be as tall as the distance between the pitcher's mound and home plate.
• FIND IT: Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, Arizona

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(Photo credit, from the top: ©Scottsdale CVB, ©LKP, ©Flagstaff CVB)