Friday, October 20, 2017

Tineo on Fresno

Famous Tucson muralist David Tineo told me once that he doesn't know where all of his many murals are. I found this one when I pulled off Silverbell and parked along Fresno Street. I looked out my car window and…

This minor miracle happened almost a year ago: October 22, 2016.

Here's the view from the other end (the "teardrops" are sunlight reflections through the lens):

Next, some closeups. The left end:

Two details from the center:

The right end — left side to ceiling to right side (at the top-right corner of the right side is Jesús C.):

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Note: Old blog photos won't magnify

Update (October 19, 2017): The problem I describe below seems to have gone away. (Maybe Google noticed the problem after we tried to open those photos and fixed it on their end?) I'll keep an eye on it.



This past weekend, David Aber noticed something while he was updating the mural map. (If you haven't used the map, it's a great resource — thanks to him!)

On old blog posts — from around 2007, and for at least a couple of years after — when you click on an image to get a larger view, you'll get a dark image but no large photo. (If you'd like to see this, for some reason, one of the many entries with this problem is Virgin Videos?.)

As a long-time-ago Web programmer, I can see that the fix is to change each /s1600-h/ in the page's hidden code to say /s1600/. (Google must have changed this without fixing old pages, sigh.) I'll get to the (hundreds?) of them as soon as I can.

Until then, you'll need to look at the small version of the images. Sorry about that.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

AZPM's Emmy is for DeGrazia mural story

Congratulations to Arizona Public Media on their Emmy award! It's for their eight-minute story Restoring DeGrazia, which was Arizona Illustrated episode 407. The description says, in part:
A mysterious mural in a Tucson backyard turns out to be the largest Ted DeGrazia mural still in existence. It was originally painted by the artist in 1948 or 1949 and gives us a glimpse into DeGrazia’s mind before his fame and fortune.
Here's the whole video. If you'd like to skip to the mural story without the intro, scroll the player to 1:58…



Update (October 20, 2017): An article about the mural is in the October 2016 issue of Zócalo Magazine.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cross out L. W. Cross (and something new Oct. 13)

You've heard the stories of Friday the 13th being unlucky, yes? Two days ago, on October 13, David Aber posted photos from a mural on the side of L. W. Cross Middle School. Or so he thought.

(This isn't important to read, but you might have fun with a story of two editors on an 11-year-old blog.)

After the photos went online, he realized that the mural was actually on the school next door: Harelson Elementary, at 826 W. Chapala Drive. On top of that, I'd included photos of the same mural in an blog entry I made four years ago, Mural Heaven at Harelson. He called me today (the 15th) to talk it over.

After ten years on this blog, with many hundreds of entries, it's not easy to keep all of it straight. Still, after ten years, I've gotten pretty good at twiddling things to (mostly) make it all work out.

Just by chance, when Dave called, I was editing new photos of murals I'd posted on the 6th. I'd meant to post the new photos on the 13th, but he posted first. So I'm moving his entry from the 13th to appear today — with this note at the top. (You can see his entry below.) And I've also posted the just-edited photos so they appear as if they went online on the 13th. If I'm lucky, even the links to his post on the 13th should take people to this revised version. I hope.

And I'm sure we'll both be watching six months from now: Friday, April 13, 2018. :-)


L. W. Cross Middle School

The L. W. Cross Middle School is in the Amphitheater Public School District and is located near Tohono Chul Park.  The mural is comprised of 231 tiles made by the school's Tile Club.


Photographed on Aug. 2, 2017.
Click on either photo for larger and sharper images.

Friday, October 13, 2017

More of Kristin's gift

A week ago, we published Artistic gift to neighbors and passersby — a series of murals that a Tucsonan named Kristin commissioned along one side of her home. She invited me to stop by and see the murals myself. On October 8th, I did.

Here's the view south from Kennedy Street along Rubio Alley (a.k.a. Rubio Avenue):

I walked along the alley and found more murals. They're facing the alley, so I'm pretty sure they aren't private. From the back (south), looking toward the front side at Kennedy Street:

Don't miss the statuette in the agave patch at the foot of the above mural:

Here's the west side of that shed:

I walked back up the alley and back toward my car, which was parked along Kennedy. On the east side wall of her home was another small mural:

Thanks again, Kristin, for your artistic gift to neighbors and passersby!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Federal law protects murals

Thanks to the Tucson Arts Brigade for tweeting this Honolulu Star-Advertiser news article (via Twitter) about VARA, the Visual Artists Rights Act:

Two disputes over isle murals show potential legal and PR pitfalls

I haven't read any more. But if you're a muralist or know one, you might want to check into this yourself and/or spread the word.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Artistic gift to neighbors and passersby

A block west of the Downtown Clifton Hotel mural, owners of a home have commissioned three murals on the home's side facing the alley. (That's Rubio Alley, which Google Maps calls Rubio Avenue.) Kristin has written us twice: once with the first two photos below, then with the third photo.


Here's what she wrote in the two messages:
We had these murals painted on the side of our house facing Rubio alley in Barrio Viejo.

The image of the virgin was painted by our very good long time friend Raechel Running. She is a photographer, writer, illustrator, and visual artist who hails from Flagstaff and now resides in Barrio Viejo in Tucson just around the corner from us! Her works include covering the greater southwest and the US/Mexico borderlands.

The second mural is a portrait of Artist and poet Jim Harrison that we commissioned just after his death in April 2016. It was created by a great long time friend from Flagstaff, Jaybyrd Willison. Jaybyrd has a colorful history (literally) painting portraits in oil, being an outlaw biker and no gooder-turned-philosophical-hermit and writer.



We have added to our collection as well since I emailed you last. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. We continue to commission new work and will hopefully have another in progress soon. I have attached one of the murals with the artist Danny Martin standing next to it.

Google Street View shows more art on the front of their home (facing Kennedy). Fabulous!

Thanks very much, Kristin. I'm looking forward to stopping by and seeing the next mural.

Update (October 15, 2017): There are four more murals to see: More of Kristin's gift.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Magnificent mural in Memphis

When I'm away from my Tucson home, I usually end up finding some spectacular murals. Although this blog is about Tucson, I'm also glad to share a few photos of murals in other places.

As I was driving north along 2nd Street — to see a home-turned-museum in Memphis along the former Underground Railroad — I spotted this mural:

The words are familiar here in Memphis — an important city in the US Civil Rights struggle. But I also liked this mural for the rainbow colors and for the painterly way that the letters are partly covered by dripping paint.

(I wonder if the drips partly covering the words symbolizes some Americans still struggling for their freedom? If you go to Memphis, I'd really recommend the National Civil Rights Museum.)