Monday, August 29, 2016

Lynn-Urquides Elementary School

Very long and artistic mural.  Unfortunately, it is covered by a chain-link fence.  Why anyone would feel the need to have both a block wall and a chain-link fence is beyond me.  Here are 10 photos that cover the entire mural:


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The Sponsors are listed in photo no. 5 and the Artists are listed in photo no. 7.  It's a shame that the names are mostly blocked by the fence.
Click on any photo for a slide show of larger images.
Photos taken on March 5, 2016.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

23rd St. Shed

This mural is on a shed in the back yard of a home on E. 23rd St. The only view is across the alley from Best Mortgage Finders, Inc. located at 6132 E. 22nd St.

As usual, click on the photo for a larger image.
Photographed on March 3, 2016.

Monday, August 22, 2016

K42 Tattoos

K42 Tattoos first appeared in the Tucson Murals Project on April 22, 2010.  Then, the only mural was on the side of the building.  Sometime after May of 2015, additional murals were painted on the rear wall of the parking area.  I photographed them on March 3, 2016.  Note: By 5/11/2016, the first mural in the series (the spider) has been painted over.

Click on any photo for a slide show of larger images.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Replacement Mural

This mural replaced the Muhammed Ali Memorial Mural at Smitty's Car Wash.  See The man who has no imagination has no wings... The Ali Mural was up for less than two months.

With all due respect for this mural and the artist who painted it,  I question the motivation and judgement of whoever authorized the disposal of a work of art in favor of an advertisement.  With that in mind, I contacted the news organization that first reported the Ali Mural.  See the Ali Article.

We'll see if there's any follow-up.

Photographed on Aug. 7, 2016.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ford Elementary

My wife (a retired teacher) was in her "Cat In The Hat" costume reading to students at the Inez C. Ford Elementary School on Feb. 18, 2016 as part of TUSD's "Love of Reading" week.  I took the opportunity to photograph this mural on a stand-alone wall.  It's on a (mostly) unused lot in the back of the school.  Easily photographed from the school's parking lot.

Click on photo for a larger image.
Another mural at Ford appeared in the "Tucson Daily Photo" on  22 October 2011

Monday, August 08, 2016

Learning Bee lost and (re-)found

Back in March, 2011, we posted 22nd and the world with a couple of photos of murals at Learning Bee Preschool & Daycare. The photos didn't show some signage, along 22nd west of Longfellow, that was basically just advertising.

Fast-forward to July, 2016. I did some hunting with Google Street View — which is a great tool for finding older murals, by the way — and found that, back on February 2008, there was a mural lining that same wall along 22nd. (Click there to see it. The mural is fuzzy if you zoom in enough to try to see detail.) Learning Bee's owners obviously support mural art… and keep changing it, too. Another Google Street View photo, below, shows it in April 2016:

(You can also see that in a bigger window by clicking on: Google Street View from April 2016.)

Notice the blank wall at the right side, running north on Longfellow? It was blank in April 2016. When I drove by on June 26th of this year, the Longfellow wall had been newly painted. Because it's a long, low wall, I'll show it in two halves: first the south part (closest to 22nd) and then the north part:

For more murals from Learning Bee, stay tuned to this blog!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Stingray on Speedway

Allison Miller, a muralist who also works at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, sent this photo of a new mural along the south side of Speedway where it (over-)crosses Highland Avenue:

(Click on the image for a larger view.)

Allison wrote:
In June, the Desert Museum (with the help of community volunteers) completed the attached stingray mural; it is located at the top of the Highland Underpass (off of Speedway Blvd, between Mountain & Cherry). It’s the first mural in a series of works that are designed to promote Sonoran Desert conservation awareness. The next mural will be on a TEP substation in the Menlo Park neighborhood (on Simpson, off of the I-10 Frontage Rd.); its theme is all about Pollinators! The Desert Museum is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming involved:

What a gorgeous mural! Thanks, Allison. I'll be looking forward to the next one on the power substation.

Monday, August 01, 2016


Lots of Flamingos - I count 160.  You can count the palm trees - let us know how many.  The mural is very long so I've broken it down into 10 photos from left to right. The mural is in front of the Flamingo Palms Mobile Home Park along Prince Rd. The artist is Sergio L.  Photographed on 12/28/2015 when it was the Bel-Air Mobile Home Park.

Click on any photo for a slide show of larger images.

(UPDATE by Jerry: I found the same mural that David did! I noticed that Sergio L's phone number, written on bottom right corner of the mural under his name, is 520-940-1083.)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Thinkers un-Tagged

A twenty-year Tucson tradition is the mural called “The Thinkers.” It's just east of 4th Avenue on the south side of 6th Street. Randy showed it during 2009 in the entry Mural Montage: A Tucson Favorite.

In the last year or so, a tagger trashed the mural with huge graffiti garbage. Maybe the same criminal was the one who also tagged a great mural half a block farther west along 6th. Anyway, The Thinkers was one of my favorite Tucson murals… I was angry and heartbroken.

Then, this past weekend, Allison Miller posted to Facebook that the original artist, Eleanor Kohloss, had repaired the mural. And Eleanor replied:

I raced downtown the next day to get photos (partly with the hope that I'd get there before the same tagger came back to vandalize the same mural again). I made it.

First, the whole mural:

Next, three photos from left (the east end) to right (west). The middle photo is mostly the bus stop which was added — very unfortunately — since the mural was painted in 1996. (Wouldn't a simple bench have done the job? How about moving this artistic bus stop a couple of blocks farther along 6th Street?? Sigh.)

Although you've really gotta stand in front of this mural to appreciate it, here are a few parts that were easy to photograph. (The dog/people and their “thought bubbles” are mostly intertwined, so it's hard to snap just one part of the scene.) The first one is at the bottom of the left third:

This couple, thinking of each other, are above the bus stop roof:

And in the middle of the right half:

I'd love to hear the story of who got in touch with Eleanor, how she repainted the mural, whether it's been covered with an anti-graffiti cover, etc. If you know, please leave a comment below (you can remain anonymous). I'll also try to contact Eleanor through Facebook.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Whitmore Elementary

Here are several tile murals created at Whitmore Elementary by Artist Robin Riley and students.  Photographed on Jan. 23, 2016.

"Owls and Friends"
"Winged Friends"
"Winged Friends"
"Winged Friends"
Click on any photo for a slide show of larger views.
More murals from Whitmore were posted in 2010.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Maybe a mural, part 70: Bicycling

As with our previous entry, Maybe a mural, part 69: Streetcar platform, you might not consider flat painted figures on a wall to be a “mural.” Please be our guest and decide for yourself! This is on Broadway Bicycles at 140 S. Sarnoff Dr.  Photographed on June 25, 2016.

Click on the photo for a larger (and sharper) image.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Maybe a mural, part 69: Streetcar platform

From time to time over the past ten years, we've shown a piece of art that's usually flat but wouldn't always be called a mural. We call the series “Maybe a mural.” An example is this platform on N. 4th Ave. between E. 6th & 7th Sts.

The artists are Peter Goldlust and Mary Lucking.
Photographed on May 29, 2016.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Striking on Sycamore

What caught my eye first was the mailbox in front of this home; you can see it by clicking there (on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog). When I got out of my car to snap photos of the mailbox, I spotted some more-subtle tile work on a mural at the end of the home's driveway:

We don't go onto peoples' property to take photos, so I stayed on the street and zoomed in to catch the mural — which was partly hidden by a vehicle and a tree limb.

My original photo — on May 17th — was with a camera that can't zoom in very well; it turned out to be too blurry. So I came back on July 11th to make this shot.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ten years of Tucson murals

Today (July 12, 2016) marks the start of the second decade of Tucson murals on this blog. Randy Garsee started The Tucson Murals Project blog on July 12, 2006, with the entry Looonnnggg on Limberlost. Randy showed only a couple of photos of this blocks-long mural (on the east side of Stone Avenue north of Limberlost). So David Aber and I went back on June 12th of this year to cover every inch of it.

Let's start with a video (84 seconds long) showing the mural from north to south.

(You can also click for a full-size page view of the video.)

David also took 16 photos of the mural and carefully stitched them into (very wide!) panoramas. We'll show each of them three ways:
  • As a (very small) image
  • You can click on that image to see it twice as large — which is still so tiny that you can't see much detail.
  • After each of the images, there's a link you can click on to see the full-size panorama. It should open a new window or tab in your browser. Here are a few tips:
    • Depending on your browser or your computer, this very wide image could overwhelm it! But, if it works, it's a spectacular way to see all of the mural, from north to south.
    • If it works, you should be able to either drag the image from left (the north end) to right — or use the scroll bar that appears at the bottom.
    • If the image is too tall for your screen, your browser can probably shrink the image. There are a few ways do this. Maybe you can "pinch" the page to make it smaller. Or, if you have a menu bar at the top the window, click and move your mouse to get a "zoom out" choice:

      Or you might find a menu at the top-right corner:

      Whew! It's not very complicated once you try it, and the full-size view lets you see the detail in this amazing mural.
Here's the left side:
Click to see the left side full-size. Next, the right side:
Click to see the right side full-size. If you'd like to see the whole mural, here it is:
Click to see the whole mural full-size. In case you can't see those panoramas, later (at the end of this entry) I'll show each of the photos that David used to build the panorama. While Dave was shooting the complete mural, I snapped shots of parts that I especially like…
To finish: In case you didn't see David's panoramas above, here are the 16 photos he used to build the stitched panoramas. He used the expansion joints along the wall to have uniform widths… so the individual photos below are chopped in ways that may seem arbitrary. Also, some of the photos have more background than others in order to get a full view of the metal sculptures in front of the mural. With all of that said, here are his photos:
Oh, and just south of the mural is a mailbox mounted on a pair of scissors.
Next: On to another ten years of Tucson murals!