Friday, April 24, 2015

Settling down at Seventh & Toole?

The business at 7th & Toole that used to hold BLX, and its series of “blocks” murals, stood empty for a while. Last we saw here was a mural posted on December 8, 2014. By February 27, 2015, the picture had changed:

The new business here is Take Flight Yoga and Movement. They've kept the skate-able track underneath the mural that was added when the BLX skate shop used to be here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Borderlands in between

In the past month or so, you've probably seen plenty of photos of Joe Pagac's new mural along the railroad tracks behind Borderlands Brewing Company. Though I try to post photos in the order I get them, sometimes (like this case) Joe worked faster than I did! So now I'm backtracking a bit.

I've just updated the April 1st entry, Joe Pagac finishing Borderlands Brewing mural, to include some photos from February showing the mural about halfway done. That entry also has a link to the one on April 10th showing the mural finished.

Let's see if I can keep up in the future. (So much art, so little time! :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Temporary on Toole

Along tilted Toole Avenue (which runs diagonally from northwest to southeast, but it's called East Toole) are two panels with five murals each. There's often a fresh mural or two each time I ride by — for instance, on February 27th:

I didn't remember the two at the right end, so I'm pretty sure that I haven't shown them here. (There's so much art along Toole that it's easy to lose track!) Here's the first of the new ones — the fourth from left to right. The javelina is thinking “I despise those humans and their garbage!” It's signed Gabriel Ruiz Villegas 2/12/15:

And the mural at the right end looks to me like an underwater scene:

I think the “waves” rippling across the mural may be wrinkles in paper or cloth that the mural was printed on.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Art on a prison? Yes!

Last time, we saw a mural by Cristina Cárdenas at 29th & 4th in South Tucson. She also told me about another mural of hers in a place I wouldn't have thought to look: the Minimum Security Facility on South Mission Road. Although it's too bad that people inside the prison can't see the mural, it sure brightens the view from outside! A sign on the fence warned me to stay 20 feet away from it, so a photo had to show the fence.

Here's a closeup (which, as always, you can click on to get an even larger view):

Outside of the fence is a low wall with tile that echoes the mural. Here's the left end (with just a bit of the mural visible at top left):

And the right end; you'll want to click to see more detail:

I snapped the photos on February 11th.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

South Tucson at 29th & 4th

When I met Cristina Cárdenas earlier this year, she told me about two murals of hers that haven't been shown here. I grabbed photos of the first (and the next) on February 11th:

More of Cristina's art on April 17th!

(By the way, Cristina also created the art at the western-most streetcar stop. Here's an Arizona Daily Star article about art at all the streetcar stops.)

Update (April 16, 2015) As I was writing the next entry, I did more searching for a Web or Facebook page of Cristina's. I didn't find one, but I did find a YouTube video that shows some of her art, has her story of emigrating from Mexico, and tells the story of the mural above:

The mural story starts at 10:38 into the video, and you can see just that part by clicking there.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Joe Pagac's Borderlands Brewing mural

On April 1, we showed Joe Pagac finishing Borderlands Brewing mural. I rode right over to see it on the 5th. It's one of Tucson's biggest murals, filled with Western vistas and humans in animals' bodies. Here's the mural in its surroundings:

(As always, you can click for a larger view.)

Let's move in closer and look at the two halves:

Close-ups of the animal-people, left to right:

Amazing work, Joe.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Rock Martinez at 6th & Toole

Rock Martinez is one of Tucson's best-known muralists. Nicole Hennig caught him on video, using Periscope, repainting one of the panels next to the 6th Street underpass from Toole Avenue. Periscope encourages vertical videos, so most of this frame (on YouTube) is black:

You can see some of the Periscope chatter and hear Nicole replying to subscribers.

I rode my bike to get a closeup on Sunday the 4th — three days ago.

I'll put a photo of the finished mural online ASAP!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Fourth annual Park Place Chalk Art Festival

The fourth annual Park Place Chalk Art Festival was this past weekend, March 31 & April 1. I stopped by to take photos and videos around 8 or 9 am on Monday the 2nd. Here's the sign (in chalk, of course) in front of the north central mall entrance:

And a map with artists' names (as always, you can click on an image for a larger view):

There were two kid zones (shown in yellow on the map above): one at the westernmost end of the mall, and one along the northeast entrance to the mall (which had rows of murals on both sides of the walkway).

Let's start at the west end:

Two videos of this end:

westernmost Kid Zone (by Katie Cooper)

westernmost Kid Zone (by Katie Cooper)

On to the northeast mall entrance:

And two videos:

Kid Zone on west side of northeast mall entrance (by Meghan Minke)

Kid Zone on east side of northeast mall entrance (by Meghan Minke)

You can see these videos in larger sizes, and more videos, on the TucsonArtInfo YouTube channel.

Between the two Kid Zones were the murals by professional artists. Here they are, from west to east.

(Sorry, didn't do my usual editing to straighten them. I tried to fix the blue color on murals in the shade.)

Thanks to SAACA for organizing. I can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Joe Pagac finishing Borderlands Brewing mural

The Tucson muralist tweeted Sunday night from @JoePagac that he'd almost finished a new mural on the side of Borderlands next to the tracks:

Now @borderlandsbeer has tweeted a photo of the finished mural. It's not a very good photo, so — for now — I'll let you click there to see it on Twitter. (Or stop by in person! It's on the wall next to where 7th Avenue crosses the tracks.) I have photos of the mural in progress; I'll post them, and a photo of the finished mural, sometime in the next month or so.

If you'd like to see what was there before, have a look at Behind Borderlands.

Update (April 22, 2015): On April 10th, we showed the finished mural. I've set that link to open in a new window or tab on your browser to (I hope!) help you compare the finished mural to the photos below of the mural in progress on February 27th. First, the mural overall... then shots of the left and right ends:

I didn't do my usual careful editing, but I think you can still see which parts Joe did first as you compare the photos to the ones from April.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cesar Chavez murals

On Tucson’s Cesar Chavez holiday (his birthday is actually tomorrow), here are the commemorative murals we've posted over the years — and one more.
There's also a photo of a mural in the May 21, 2014 Downtown Tucsonan article Paulo Freire Freedom School to Offer New Public Downtown Middle School this Fall.

If you know of others, please leave a comment below. And enjoy our new city holiday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

¡Llévelo con Ramón!

At the northeast corner of East 28th St. and South 4th Avenue is Arizona Radiator and Muffler Service. They're just waiting for you to bring your car in with an overheated radiator or broken brakes:

Toward sunset on February 11th, I rolled by — with no car problems, at least not yet.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maybe a mural, part 62: Spirals on South 28th

In South Tucson, just south of the boundary with the city of Tucson (which is at 25½th Street), is a canvas (painted with acrylics, I think) hanging on the wall. It's on 28th Street, just west of 4th Avenue. (Mi Nidito, the popular restaurant, is about a block away.)

Because it's not painted directly on the wall, I've made this part of our “maybe a mural” series. I took the photo on February 11.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Amphi Neighborhood History Mural

The Tucson Mural Arts Program works with Tucson youth to, as their blog (below) says, “to have the children and teens participate in [murals] to help them get involved and help build healthy, safe, compassionate and vibrant neighborhoods, increase literacy, reducing violence and beautify the places they live and work.” In 2013, one of their programs was a new mural on the north side of Woods Memorial Library. (The library already has “flying books” public art.)

Their blog tells part of the story — see part 1 and part 2. Here's the mural, in a photo I took January 9, 2015. As always, you can click for a larger view:

(There's another Amphi history mural in Amphi Art and Mural Club Creates Public Art. I'll aim to take a photo and post it online later this year.)

Monday, March 16, 2015

So fine on South Vine

We've seen work by Jenna Francine Tomasello in Ghost of Artemis, as well as Main & University #1 and Main & University #2, those last two along with Wesley Fawcett Creigh.

Jenna also sent me photos of murals that she painted on parts of a private home that you can see from the street. (We don't show murals in completely private locations.) Here they are:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Building or mural?

When you're sitting in front of Tokyo Imports, it's hard to tell — except for the front door and a drainpipe opening — whether you're looking at a building or a mural. The mural covers the entire front:

I was there, dazed and confused ;-), on January 9th.

Monday, March 09, 2015


On January 22nd, we showed a bunch of David Aber's photos of Una cuadra llena de arte (an art-filled block) in South Tucson: the 3600 block of South 7th Avenue. But Dave sent more photos! He wrote:
On Jan. 22, photos were posted to the Murals Project from the 3600 block of S. Seventh Ave. All of these photos were in front, or to the side, of 3649 S. Seventh Ave. This is the headquarters of Tierra Y Libertad Organization (TYLO). Note that the acronym TYLO is embedded in each of the two main murals. Here is a link for further info:

In the alley behind TYLO there is a block wall that begins at TYLO and runs north to W. Veterans Blvd., a distance of 175 paces and at least 350 ft. It is filled with art.

I believe that all of the art in the alley is connected with TYLO in one way or another. I have no proof other than the acronym TYLO appears on the wall twice. Also, I consider the art to be one continuous mural. There’s no question that multiple artists worked on the project or that there are multiple themes. However, there was little or no attempt to distinguish where one artist’s work ends and another begins.
With thanks to Dave's explanation of these 17 photos, here's the TYLO alley!