Philip Latimer Dike, American, 1906 - 1990
oil on canvas
Museum purchase with funds provided by Western Art Associates
© Phoenix Art Museum. All rights reserved. Photo by Ken Howie.
American and Western American
North Wing, Second Floor, Western American Art Gallery
Arizona’s economy has been historically defined by Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate. While the state’s economic base has diversified, agriculture, ranching, and mining still play important roles, with tourism being strongly linked to climate. Known as “The Copper State,” the immense open pit mines remain its most visible artifacts in the communities where they were established, including Ajo, Bisbee, Clifton/Morenci, and Jerome. For several of these, cultural heritage tourism has been essential to their survival. California artist Phil Dike’s colorful canvas portrays one of the state’s major minescapes in the Miami/Globe area.