Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cross Roads restaurant

This is the west end of the south side of Cross Roads restaurant, 2602 South 4th Avenue, the Cross Roads restaurant:

I was there on September 16th.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Surrounded by murals: our 700th post

A sort of mural museum wraps a parking lot for Plush on 4th Avenue. The parking lot is half a block south of 6th Street, between Herbert and 5th Avenues. Here are photos of all the murals, starting from the southeast corner and moving clockwise to the northeast corner:

Howard Rains took the photo of the trolley mural; we showed it here on May 25, 2011. I took the other photos on March 27 and April 16, 2012.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Flags and dancers in South Tucson

In South Tucson, on 4th Avenue just south of 36th Street, along the west side of the parking lot for Tucson Greyhound Park, is this mural:

It's in the same style as two murals along the north side of the parking lot. I snapped this photo on September 16 (after a rainy monsoon season, as you can see by all of the plants around the mural..).

The mural is signed at the lower right By: Temo / Martin Anthony / Sarah Gabrielle.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

London's largest mural

I'm away from Tucson for a couple of weeks, so I'll slow the mural posts down to one every other day until I'm home on November 11th. Here's a mural on the southwest corner of Euston Road and Pancras Road, across from Kings Cross station, here in London. The website CreativeReview.co.uk calls it London's largest mural:


The view from closer by:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ochoa Elementary, east wall

Along the east wall of Ochoa Elementary School, running north from the corner of 7th Avenue & 26th Street, is a mural of the planets:

On the left side, the mural starts with Pluto, the former planet that was (in)famously demoted to a non-planet a few years ago. (As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view.)

I took the photo on September 11 from half a block east — at the John Valenzuela Youth Center. You can also see:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ochoa Elementary's long mural, close-up

We showed the west wall of Ochoa Elementary, 101 W 25th St, on May 18, 2010. Back then, when I rolled by, the school grounds were closed — so I only got a long shot with a zoom lens.

On September 11, 2012, I rode by, the campus had just opened for the school day. I walked along the west wall, snapping photos from north to south, as students started to arrive.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

John Valenzuela Youth Center

South Tucson's John A. Valenzuela Youth Center, at 1550 S. 6th Avenue, is full of art.

The first mural you'll probably see is on the east wall, along 6th Avenue:


Two murals next to rooms along the south side, next to the parking lot:


The breezeway in the central part of the building has three more:


Finally, out the back of the breezeway on the north side of the building:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Welcome to South Tucson (on 6th)

As you enter the city of South Tucson on main streets, you're greeted by a blast of art — including artistic “welcome” signs all shaped like this one:

The back sides of the signs say “Adios.”

This sign is on 6th Avenue between 25th and 26th, next to the John A. Valenzuela Youth Center (which we'll see tomorrow).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jorge's Tire Shop

Here's the north wall of 405 W. 32nd Street:

and the east wall:

I took the first photo on April 29th and the second on September 16th.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Found the gloo (factory)

A year ago, I was surprised to find the mural-covered building at 106 E. Toole (just up the block from the more-mural-covered building at 191-197 E. Toole) after the mural-painting tenants, the Gloo Factory, had moved out. I put their new location, 238 E. 26th Street, on my mural-hunting list.

A month ago, on September 11, as I rode through South Tucson to check the route of the new South Tucson mural tour map, I found the new Gloo:

Thanks to all of the rain we've gotten this summer, the fronts of both this location and the old spot are overgrown. (I think people enter through the side or the back.)

Monday, October 15, 2012

South Tucson: 4th around 26th

As you cross from Tucson into the city of South Tucson along 4th Avenue near 26th Street, you'll see lots of South Tucson's signature streetside art. Here are the fronts and backs of signs...

...planters...

...trash bins...

...and a set of arches:

I took these photos on September 11.