Monday, July 10, 2017

Maybe Murals, part 74

Roundabout at N. 11th Ave. & W. 1st St.  What is a Roundabout you might ask.  It's a circle of concrete curbing placed in the middle of an intersection.  If you work for Tucson's Dept. of Transportation it's a Traffic Circle.  To the rest of us it's a Roundabout and a pain in the posterior.

Mary Lucking was commissioned by the Tucson/Pima Arts Council in 2003 to create artwork for three Roundabouts in the Dunbar/Springs Neighborhood.  I suspect the motive was to give drivers something to look at while they figured out how to make a left turn.

Mary has used her art to tell the story of the neighborhood.  This is her story of the old Court Street Cemetery.  The cemetery closed in 1908 but only about half the bodies were moved. The remaining 4,000+ still lie beneath the streets and homes of the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood.  May they rest in peace.
Hallowed Ground
East Side
North Side
West Side
South Side
Some of the panels are starting to show the effects of old age and weathering.

Click on any photo for a slide show of larger and sharper images.

Here's an article you might like: Neighborhood atop cemetery

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