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Polar Play at OdySea in the Desert Has Youthful Touch Project

Youth design tiles which will go on to a mosaic art piece at the OdySea In the Desert's Polar Play attraction.

The newest attraction for the Talking Stick Cultural Entertainment District, OdySea in the Desert on Via de Ventura and Loop 101, is planning to open its doors next month. One of the attractions, called Polar Play, is an indoor playground with activities for youth and adults. The 23-degree venue will hold family-friendly events during the day, and at night it will turn into an ice bar and lounge for adults serving food and beverages.

On August 2, youth and staff from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Youth Services Department met at the Evergreen Neighborhood Center to work with artist Scott Donars, who is creating a mosaic mural outside the Polar Play facility. The youth worked with clay tiles, making designs and writing their names on the tiles, which will be incorporated into the mosaic artwork.

“Today we are each going to make a tile for the Polar Play mosaic. It’s really going to be cool,” said Donars. “The tiles will be created [to represent] ‘icebergs’ which will be at the bottom of the mosaic (see illustration on right).”

He gave instructions to the youth and teens on how to work with the clay and form it into specific shapes to fit into the artwork.

Donars got his start as a graphic artist and has dual degrees in graphic arts and web design.

For more on the artist and his work, visit

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