Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flashback: 100 Congress Street, 1974

You Tucsons who've been here since 1974 — or were visiting back then — might have seen some murals on Congress that were since hidden. Mark Fleming found them again on November 9th of this year. He wrote:
A mural from 1974 exposed during demolition of 100 E Congress store. Perhaps back then the clientele was fraternity or sorority? The Dylan piece was in a derelict store next door. These two decrepit stores seem to have defied the latest renewal efforts. They are in bad shape. 100 E Congress no roof and no south wall.
I think Mark got the date from a line in the next-to-last photo below: John Iungerich 1974 / PO? 443 Coolidge AZ 8.....

Here are the photos as Mark sent them, without my usual nitpicky editing:

If you have any other photos of long-gone Tucson murals, please let me know!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Time-lapse video of muralist Joe Pagac

Heather Hoch of Tucson Weekly has posted a time-lapse video of Tucson muralist Joe Pagac painting over two murals and making two new ones:

The story is titled Watch a Time Lapse Video of Joe Pagac Painting a Mural at Rialto Theatre. (You can click there to see the story and a larger video.)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spotted at Grande & Congress

In the first half of September, Mark Fleming sent this photo (no date in the camera file) of a “Free Rosy” paste-up on a hardware store:

Google Maps Street View shows the store on the southeast corner, a bit east of Grande.

Thanks for helping this blog alive, Mark, until I can get back out on my bicycle! I hope that'll be a couple of weeks from now.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Finessing Frank's

Frank's Auto Refinishing has something you might not expect: wall-to-wall art. I caught the building at sunrise back in 2012.

Mark Fleming stopped by this year and sent photos in September. A lot is the same (though the sides look white instead of a warm color, but that might have been the sunrise)... there's also some new art and signage. Let's look. First, the east side from south to north:

See the differences? The first photo shows a new mural at the left side, some green tube lights around the column, and a bunch of fine print. In the third, Frank has added body shop at the top.

Next, the north side: first all of it, then close-ups from east to west:

The big change here is the gorgeous mural in the last photo. I don't think it was there two years ago!

Thanks for keeping us up to date, Mark.

Monday, December 08, 2014


When the BLX Skate Shop was at the corner of 7th and Toole, it kept its corner fun with a changing mural on the 7th Avenue side. Now BLX has moved to 426 E. 7th Street, just off 4th Avenue. And there's a new mural that hasn't changed for months. Unlike the earlier murals — for obvious reasons — this one doesn't say blocks:

Mark Fleming sent the photo in September.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Street art online

If you can't get enough street art, here are three places online to satisfy your holiday hunger.

Banksy Revisited

Last month, as I was searching for art online, I found the daily blog called Banksy Revisited (named for the famous UK street artist Banksy). It's amazing! You could spend half a day looking at the art in each day's post:

Today's Banksy Revisited front page

To get a link in your mailbox each day, look for the “Subscribe to updates” box at the right side.

Google Street Art

This summer, I ran across an article on the Guardian (a newspaper in the United Kingdom) about a new Google site with thousands of photos of street art:

Google launches online street art gallery to bring global graffiti to anyone

The art is fantastic. So far, most of it is from Paris, London, New York, Manila, and Lisbon. Maybe we can get Google to bring their cameras to Tucson?!


This website lists street art worldwide. Here's the Tucson page:

Fatcap Tucson page

Monday, December 01, 2014

Art(y) school: Davis Bilingual

Here's our third page of murals from this art-filled school. (The first two were Arte para y por los estudiantes and Más de Davis Bilingual School.)

Let's start with a mural on the side of the school:

Next, murals on the left and right sides of a door:

Murals wrapping around a building (maybe the same building as above?). The third through fifth shots show close-ups of the second. In the second and third photos, you can see that the mural includes a picture of itself:

The last photo is signed with David Tineo 10/10/84 and the names of students who worked with him.

I don't know how I missed all of this during my two visits to Davis Bilingual! Thank you, Mark Fleming.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving feast: Sue's Fish & Chips

Sue's Fish & Chips is a South Tucson tradition. What better to show on Thanksgiving Day than food murals?

Speaking of Thanksgiving, thanks to Mark Fleming for these photos. He sent them in September.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Right to Dream Center Murals

I try to keep up with all that the Tucson Arts Brigade does to bring people together and make great art. (If you haven't heard of TAB, check out their website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.) Last week I read their blog post about the new Safe Park Dream Center murals at Central City Assembly:

Right To Dream Center Murals: Moving towards the Sun

Thanks to TAB and all the people who volunteer with them to make Tucson a more beautiful place (in many ways!).

Monday, November 17, 2014

A year ago at the (former) IST

A while back, we published a couple of photos of the International School of Tucson at tne end of 2010. Last year, I rolled by on 1st Avenue and noticed a bunch of multicolored walls — but no school. It turns out the school had moved to 1701 East Seneca. (Here's the IST website.) I snapped a few photos, anyway.

This is the old convenience-store front at 711 Lester St. You can see the 2011 mural in the background:

And their other building in the same area, at 1730 N. 1st Avenue:

I was there on November 28, 2013.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Way out west (or east?)

We don't have many murals from the far east side of town — partly because I almost never go that way on my bicycle. Thanks to David Aber, though, here's a mural on the side of Tucson Pool & Spa:

He wrote: “The mural is old and faded. I had to enhance the photo to bring out as many details as possible.” And there are lots of details! An army of critters, from a spider and a scorpion on up, are looking on jealously — or climbing in! — to join the cowboy in the tank (or is it a spa?):

Great catch, Dave.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ash Alley (Tucson's Greenwich Village) close-ups

Mark Fleming just pointed out an article on page 47 of the November Zócalo magazine titled Ash Alley: Tucson's Greenwich Village by Steve Renzi.

After World War II, the article says, Tucson grew. New artists and craftspeople needed a place. The area around one-block Ash Alley came to include studios and an outdoor gallery. It even had its own newspaper, the Ash Alley Bugle. Two of the first newcomers to Ash Alley — and the last to leave, in 1977 — were Jack and Sally Petty. Outside Petty's Studio Gallery was a mural that included three smiling frogs.

On December 29, 2008, Randy posted a photo of the mural — but only a rough location. Five years later — January 21, 2014 — I posted another photo with the exact location. Along with this week's email about the Zócalo article, Mark sent along five photos of his own. The date stored along with the images says that he took them on November 9th.

First, the whole mural (what's left of it). Then, close-ups from left to right:

(I edited the second photo to lighten the shadow at top and darken the rest.) Many thanks, Mark!

Monday, November 10, 2014

More mural from CostLess

Last time, we saw Mark Fleming's photos of a great mural by the parking lot at CostLess Auto Parts. But that's not all! He looked in the alley behind the store:

I'm guessing that Mark couldn't step back far enough to catch all of the mural at once. Here are the left and right sides:

Both sides have been tagged. :-(

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Great mural at CostLess Auto Parts

A couple of months ago, Mark Fleming (thanks, Mark!) sent photos of a wall at CostLess Auto Parts. Here's his overall view:

And details:

But there's more! We'll show it next time.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lots of murals on the Tucson Daily Photo blog!

Last week I came across another blog with Tucson mural photos — lots of them. It's Tucson Daily Photo ~ (with a tilde character on the end).

Not all of the photos are murals. To see only murals, search for the Mural label (you can click there). After you've scrolled through a page of photos, you can see more by clicking “Older posts” at the bottom of that page.

Plenty of murals on Tucson Daily Photo aren't here on Tucson Murals Project — though a few of them may be eventually. Some of those murals are gone now. If you'd like to see the murals that aren't on Tucson Murals Project, here are links. When you click on a link, it should open in a new window or tab; when you close that window or tab, this list should still be here.

  1. 16 September 2014: Cowgirl angel (San Xavier)
  2. 18 May 2014: Maybe it's not seeing the forest for the trees (Park Place Mall)
  3. 06 May 2014: Sad piece of Tucson history (Wildcat School closing)
  4. 19 November 2013: Tucson's Freshest, Newest Mural (closeups are coming on Tucson Murals Project)
  5. 05 July 2013: At the Corner of 4th and Food (Google Maps shows this as 600 S. 4th Avenue)
  6. 17 June 2013: Tucson's own Leonardo (Compass High School)
  7. 05 June 2013: The eternal question
  8. 14 March 2013: 2 photos: Colorful, loving tributes (Pima Council on Aging)
  9. 23 February 2013: Permanent rug (Pima County OneStop Center)
  10. 12 November 2012: Garage wisdom (St. Joseph's hospital garage)
  11. 11 November 2012: Colorful, cheerful, fun - yes, a hospital! (St. Joseph's hospital)
  12. 11 July 2012: Sun stripes (Tucson Village Farm)
  13. 07 June 2012: Feel the love (South Tucson)
  14. 15 April 2012: Tucson treasure ~ locally brewed beer (Nimbus Brewing Co. on Tanque Verde)
  15. 22 October 2011: Three really big black cats (Inez Ford Elementary School)
  16. 19 October 2011: Deep in Brazil? Nope ~ Williams Center (Savaya Coffee Bar)
  17. 04 May 2011: The wolves are coming to town (Rialto Theatre)
  18. 19 January 2011: Tucson folk lore ~ the Iron Door Mine (Rialto Theatre)
  19. 10 January 2011: Tucson's shy superhero (Fantasy Comics)
  20. 13 October 2010: A rose by any other name (Bookmans)
  21. 15 May 2010: Side door to Pair-a-Dice Barbers
  22. 03 May 2010: Bookman's Fantasy Murals ~ gone forever
  23. 27 February 2010: Street Art ~ or rather...Interstate Hwy Art (I-10 near 22nd St. exit)
  24. 28 January 2010: Rest, contemplate, enjoy Tucson's sun (St. Philip's Plaza)
  25. 28 January 2010: Walking on fruits, flowers, fish & sunshine (St. Philip's Plaza)
  26. 27 January 2010: Luscious planters with luscious plantings! (St. Philip's Plaza)
  27. 13 January 2010: Dr Volt's partner in crime ~ the Evil Queen (Bookmans)
  28. 12 January 2010: Tucson's Own Evil Wizard lives at Grant & Campbell (Bookmans)
  29. 13 October 2009: Tucson's Parthenon & Pinto Bean (Bookmans)
  30. 10 October 2009: "X" Marks the Spot ~ Martini time
  31. 04 September 2009: Tucson's Ancient Parthenon (Bookmans)
  32. 14 August 2009: Tucson's Blood Sport ~ Mr Be-header (Bookmans)
  33. 27 July 2009: Tucson's Own Dragon Slayer (Bookmans)
  34. 06 July 2009: Brilliant Colors ~ Powerful Message (Mansfield Park)
  35. 30 June 2009: These flowers are always in bloom ... (Dunham Elementary School)
  36. 29 June 2009: Everyone loves a polka dotted dino (Dunham Elementary School)
  37. 15 June 2009: Tucson's Super Girl ~ Mask, Boots, Flute (Chicago Store)

The Tucson Daily Photo blog started on 06 June 2009. Thanks to the author, Website Editor: Wordsmith!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Rolling into BICAS

Since we posted the March 26, 2013 photos of the BICAS building (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage; their website is
I stopped by again on September 6, 2013. Here's a new mural I found on a piece of wood next to the entrance:

To see more fun art, stop by this coming weekend — November 8-9, 2014 — when BICAS will be part of the annual fall Open Studio Tour.