Monday, October 12, 2015

Gorgeous Galveston garage

I'm on the road from Tucson and the south-central US back to Tucson. From time to time, I post photos of murals outside of Tucson. That's one of them.

It's in Galveston, Texas, just off Texas highway 87 (the road to the Port Bolivar ferry) along an alley between Strand and Mechanic Streets. The edge of the roof has HP Dodge (which, I'm guessing, is the artist's name) and the hashtag #HarlandArt.

On Thursday, it's back to Tucson murals.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Around the corner at “Mural View” Elementary

On May 11, 2010, I posted photos of the north side of Mission View Elementary — which I dubbed “Mural View” because of the three beautifully-done murals.

When I took photos of those murals, I also tried to photograph the long mural on the west side. But it was too long to fit in one frame… so I put re-shooting it on my “mural to-do” list. (I keep a list of murals that I hear about, see while I'm driving by but can't stop, etc.)

It must have fallen off my (overflowing) list; I never did go back. A couple of months ago, David Aber caught this. On July 25th, he sent a photo and wrote:
On July 21 I sent you a mural from Mission View Elementary. As I mentioned, I had to shoot thru a chain link fence and couldn’t get the last 3 or 4 feet of the mural. Since then I’ve had some time on my hands and managed to stitch together two photos to make a complete mural.
Thanks, David, for your dedication to murals — and to the people who see this blog. I hadn't thought of stitching! Here's the two-part photo:

As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view. And, by the way, that black line toward the right side isn't the stitch; as I zoomed in on the original photo, I could see that it's a tall pole.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Along the north side of Tucson Greyhound Park

David Aber took the trouble to look through this blog (doing that is a lot of work because the table of murals is far out of date and the murals map is even worse… they're on my overflowing to-do list) but I didn't find that mural.

He wrote:
Here’s another mural I couldn’t find in the Tucson Murals Project. It’s on the south side of E. 36th St. and across the street from number 325 … If you take a close look at the Chevy’s license plate, you’ll see that the mural was completed in 2009 by Las Artes (a Pima County youth program).
Thanks for your great sleuthing and the photo, Dave.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The White Rabbit and a rainbow fountain

From the El Rio Community Health Center, Dental Care & Children's Health building:

Appropriately for a dental clinic, the Rabbit (from Alice in Wonderland) is holding a toothbrush.

The camera data gives a date of July 11th. Whenever you took the photos, David, thanks as always.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Underwater murals at Jesse Owens Park

The camera data in these photos says that they were taken around 6:45 AM on June 30th. If that's right, it seems that David Aber is an early riser.

Thanks much!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

More change (as usual) on Toole: #3 of 3

Here's a third entry about new art along the north side of Toole Avenue. The previous entry showed a five-panel row of Tucson scenes. A little farther northwest is another one:

Close-ups, from left to right:

I took the photos on September 15th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More change (as usual) on Toole: #2 of 3

Friday I saw a new mural and sign along Toole Avenue just northwest of the corner of 6th Avenue and Alameda.

Both panels have been repainted with Tucson scenes. These look more permanent to me than the earlier works (though, on Toole, you never know...). Here's the panel closest to 191 E. Toole:

Next to the Warehouse Arts District sign is one of two sets of mural panels. The panels have been repainted over and over; here are links to photos of both sets of panels over the past few years. (You can use your browser's “back” button to come back here after seeing each one.)

Next time, a look at the other panel.

Friday, September 18, 2015

More change (as usual) on Toole: #1 of 3

If there's one thing you can count on about the street art along Toole Avenue downtown, it's that the art is always changing. Another thing you could count on — until a month or two ago, anyway — is that the art was usually eclectic.

Let's start with the north side of the building at 191. For years, it had a mural of Tucson scenes: Train, trolley, and a three-eyed alien. This spring, most of the mural was whitewashed — except the edges of the right side (which you can see at the second photo in the post linked above). Three days ago, I photographed a new mural, wrapped by a bit of the old one, at the right side of the wall:

Not far from the mural is a new sign, dedicated on July 31st. It's by artist/supervisor Amy Novelli with metal fabrication and construction design by Jason LaFleur. There were also ten youth artists.

To the left of the sign are ten painted panels with new scenes. I'll show them next week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mark Fleming revisits Jorge's Tire Shop

In 2012, I made a couple of visits to the corner of 10th Avenue and 32nd Street. You can see those photos in the entry Jorge's Tire Shop. Mark Fleming stopped by on June 8th of this year and sent these closeups of the north wall:

Much appreciated as always, Mark!

Monday, September 07, 2015

10th at 27th revisited

Not long after this blog started, we posted photos of murals along South 10th Avenue just as it entered South Tucson from the north. In June, Mark Fleming revisited one of the murals — the fantastic one around the power substation at 10th Avenue & 27th Street. Some of the mural has been trashed by taggers, but overall it looks pretty much the same — more than seven years later.

The Tucson Citizen article (by Charlotte Lowe), quoted in that original article, said: “Perhaps South 10th Avenue, which becomes Main Avenue as it approaches downtown, should be renamed Art Avenue. Or maybe Avenida de las Artes."

Thanks, Mark!

Friday, September 04, 2015

Mural-covered Soviet bus stops

A Wednesday article in the Guardian, the British newspaper, showed photos of amazingly-designed bus stops in countries of the former Soviet Union. From time to time, I like to show murals outside of Tucson... if this sounds intriguing, check them out:
Next stop, Siberia! The strange and beautiful world of Soviet bus stops – in pictures

Monday, August 31, 2015

Just up Stone, something completely different

Last time, we showed a fantasy Tucson scene in the 2700 block of North Stone. Now let's head three blocks north, to the 3000 block. Both sides of Head Hunters Smoke Shop have fantastic murals.

Here are two shots of the north-side mural. The first one shows the part closer to the street. I shot the right-hand part with my cell phone's digital zoom, so the quality isn't as good:

The south-side mural is, again, different. First, the west side and some of the south side:

All of the south side:

And details of the south side:

The north-side photos are from July 14. I took the south-side photos July 29th.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"A" Mountain, Paul Bunyan, a flying VW bus, ...

This mural must have a story behind it... but the high fence topped by three strands of barbed wire, and the guard dogs behind it, made me decide not to try to find out. The building doesn't seem to have a number, though Google Maps told me 2735 North Stone when I clicked on the building. It's the next building south of Tommy's Food and Drink, which is at 2747... I pulled into their parking lot on April 12th to take this photo:

The mural is full of Tucson icons, as well as (mostly) old Volkswagen cars and "buses" (the classic VW camper wagons). (Click on the photo for a larger view and have a look for yourself.)

All of the VWs in the mural reminded me that the business across the street, and just north — at the southeast corner of Glenn & Stone — used to be called Uncle Bob's VW Repair. (Then it was Uncle Bob's Used Cars.) Is there a connection? Hmmm. (Our photos of the murals on that corner are on August 18, 2008... March 11, 2010... and May 3, 2012.) I'll aim to stop by the office at Uncle Bob's and ask.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Murals wrapped around books (in Oracle)

Although we usually cover murals in Tucson, I spotted an extraordinary wrap-around mural — actually, two murals — when I was in Oracle April 12th for their annual Artist Studio Tour. The bigger mural wraps around much of the parking lot, and the smaller one stretches around part of the front of the building.

By the way, the town's website has a library page explaining that the library is staffed completely by volunteers! If you know more about this, or know how the murals were funded, please leave a comment at the end of this post.

Here's the main mural, from left to right:

And the mural on the front side of the building, left to right: