Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mexican Tile and Stone

When you park in front of Mexican Tile and Stone, 1148 E. Broadway, you'll face one of their two tile murals:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Baby Birds on Broadway

You can't get much cuter than this chirpy mural on the west side of Little Sprouts Child Care, 1010 E. Broadway at Park.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Joe Pagac is back...

...with another mural on the east side of the Rialto Theatre. This one is for the April 23rd concert with The Avett Brothers:

Friday, March 26, 2010

More decorated bridges along the Rillito

A message two months ago covered bridges on the bike and pedestrian paths along the Rillito River between Campbell and Alvernon. Here are the murals east from Alvernon to the Alamo Wash east of Swan. Hover your mouse over a photo for the name of the bridge... and, as always, you can click on any photo for a larger view.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fading murals on a vibrant school

I took these photos at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School, near the corner of Adams & Norris, where students were playing and chatting near murals faded by sun, rain, and time.


Out West on North Dodge

On the west side of OK Feed & Supply, Dodge at Fort Lowell, you'll find these two murals. The first one is signed Ghost Murals, 323-2564.


Mountains and Mutts in Midtown

This mural wraps around the home at 2419 N. Orchard, just north of Grant & Columbus. You'll see foothills and mountains along the alley, San Xavier and dogs along the corner near Orchard.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Angelic mural on Santa Barbara

You'll find this inspiring scene in front of a home at 4067 E. Santa Barbara, a few blocks east of Randolph Park.

Update (May 20, 2013): Somehow I missed photographing half of the mural: the west side of the wall around the home. I discovered it on March 29, 2013, when I stopped by to photograph the mailbox (click there to see it on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog). Here's the rest of this gorgeous mural (which, I've found out recently, was painted by Rock Martinez):

Friday, March 19, 2010

Cheerful mural at Giving Tree

The Giving Tree Compassion Hope Center, 4650 E. Eastland Street at Swan, has a wraparound mural on two sides. Here's the view from Swan:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Better bus stop view

If you're waiting for the #1 or #17 bus after shopping at Food City, 22nd at Country Club, you'll be across the street or next to this mural. It's on the wall south of 23rd at Country Club. The neighborhood isn't especially attractive, and this mural could use some touching up too. Still, there are plenty of Tucson features and desert critters to occupy your time while you wait to board the bus.

(Don't feed the javelina.)



Update (September 3, 2012): The mural is badly tagged.

Cars, cars, cars

What kind of mural would you expect to find at Uncle Bob's Used Cars? Right: a mural with cars. This one stretches along Glenn, east from the corner with Stone. Here's the western half. (As always, you can get a bigger view by clicking on the photo. Return here with your browser's "back" button.)


For a view of this mural two years ago, see Randy's post from August 18, 2008.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Not your typical concrete garage

Maybe it's the location of this parking garage -- on Ochoa between Stone and Church, across from the playfully-colored La Placita -- that encouraged the fun murals on the south side?

It looks like the muralist also painted him or herself... as well as groups of people walking by, including one who's painting another (or is that a can of silly string?):


The latest Rialto mural...

...is the one that Joe Pagac painted in the past week:

It replaced the left half of the pair that was there last month, the George Tnorogood mural. Check back here to find out what replaces the right half (for a concert that happened March 5th). Update: Here's Joe's replacement mural.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Mosaic murals along the Santa Cruz



On North Riverside Drive at West Ontario Street, just south of Speedway and west of I-10, is the Santa Cruz River Park. It's full of fine mosaic work in murals, arches, and walls. Bring a picnic or just stop by for a walk. It's easy to reach from I-10 or from the bike path on the west side of the Santa Cruz.

Friday, March 05, 2010

A Prickly View

Catherine Devine, who signed her e-mail as "Bit Devine," is with Rincon Creek Studios. She e-mailed the Tucson Murals Project these photos of a Barrio Viejo mural. (There are others. Just search the blog.) Catherine wrote that this mural "is located on the barrier wall, on Sentinel just south of Granada." (Here's a Google Map of Sentinel & Granada.)


Thursday, March 04, 2010

Humble (fumble?) murals

This mural, on a wall by the football field in Estevan Park (near the corner of Speedway and 13th Avenue), is showing its age: the paint has faded and parts are peeling away from the wall. But it still adds some lively art to a mostly empty field.

Almost any Tucson mural, no matter how humble, has a home on this blog. (And sorry for the bad rhyme in the title. But hey, like I said a month ago, how many clever mural titles are Randy and I supposed to come up with?? :)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Classy Contzen


In May of last year, we showed a bit of the murals to come in Barrio Anita. The I-10 freeway widening is done, and here's that view today -- closer up, now that the street isn't closed.

Tucson muralist David Tineo grew up in this neighborhood, and I'm wondering if that's the artist standing next to the Anita St. Market (which has murals of its own). If you know, please add a comment or send me email!

Once I was on Contzen Avenue, I could see a new little park snuggled next to the tall soundproofing wall. (At least, it was new to me! The Tucson-Pima Arts Council website says the mural was completed in 2005 and is one of a series of three -- including the Oury Park mural that Randy photographed in 2006.)

Anyway, the wall is covered with a spectacular mural. Here are two parts of it, starting from the north end (the part with the store, shown in the first photo):



The south end has a little ramada and a couple of tables with a 20-foot-high violinist to serenade you while you eat. Thanks to that wall, the freeway noise is just a whisper. (If the city can't pick up the trash, though, maybe one of the people in the neighborhood, or a visitor who's not on a bicycle like I was, could do it once in a while...)



Update (August 12, 2011): Philip Synder has great close-up photos of parts of these murals on his SmugMug page Barrio Anita mural, Tucson.

Better than concrete

The I-10 widening through downtown Tucson and north didn't just add lanes: it added murals. Here are two of them along the east-side frontage road at the corner with St. Mary's:

The first photo shows the multi-color, multi-media mural at the northeast corner.

And the second photo shows the photos on the northwest corner -- a scene like Windows to the Past, Gateway to the Future in downtown Tucson.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

(Not) Mural Lovers, part 2



This once-proud mural in the memory of Maclovio R. Barraza (a Tucson labor activist who died in 1980), has been wrecked by vandals. Parts of some panels are still lying on the ground in front of and behind the wall. It's at the 22nd Street exit from Barraza-Aviation Parkway.

(If you'd like to see this sad sight, try parking around 22nd & Wilson, then walking west a block along the south side of 22nd. There's a happier scene nearby, at Wilson & Warwick Vista.)

(Not) Mural Lovers, part 1


This mural by Chris Rush at 15th and Cherry (a block west of Kino Parkway at Winsett) has been up for a couple of years; there's more detail on the TPAC website. All of the detail and variety makes it fun to look at. (Don't miss the souvenir map of southern Arizona.)


When I was here a year ago, someone had trashed the image of a happy man wearing a t-shirt saying "I get high on life" by crossing out "on life". When I came back this weekend, that had been fixed... but a few other panels, like this one, had been tagged. C'mon, taggers, can't you please show more respect?