Tuesday, September 27, 2022

You're being watched on Congress Street...

Ignacio Garcia's new mural covers the entire front of Tierra Antigua Realty's downtown location. It's bright and big, so (as you can see!) it really stands out from across Congress Street. But it's also surprising when you're walking from the west side toward the east:
BG Boyd Photography, who specializes in drone photography, sent this aerial photo (thanks!):
Drivers passing by should be nervous. :)

Friday, September 23, 2022

Denver's neighborhood murals: a vision for Tucson?

During July, I visited Denver. One place I stayed was in a gentrifying formerly-industrial neighborhood along Broadway where the cross-streets are avenues named for states. (To see a map, click on “Location:” at the bottom of this post.) When I went out for a walk, I spotted 20 murals in the four blocks between Iowa and Arizona Avenues.

This blog has over 1,000 Tucson murals over the past 15 years. The number of murals in just these four Denver blocks is close to 2% of 15 years' worth of murals all over Tucson! That's a lot of murals in a small area — something like Fourth Avenue in Tucson. (Denver also has at least one neighborhood packed with even more murals called RiNo — which, by the way, has nothing to do with Donald Trump and Republicans.) This got me thinking that Tucson neighborhoods wanting more visitors could pack lots of murals in a few blocks.

All of these murals gave the area a (literally) artsy feel when I walked through it. Here are unedited quick snapshots of the murals I saw:

I snapped these on July 24th and 25th.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Lucky Wishbone

This is both an advertisement and a mural.  I love the two kids fighting to get their wish.

Artist not known.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Yoeme Unidos

"The Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area is proud to commission another heritage mural that focuses on empowering indigenous youth to take the expressive traditions passed down from their communities and their own artistic style to paint their understanding of traditional stories, cultural figures and epic histories in a collaborative mural."

Two professional muralists worked with seven Pascua Yaqui youth to paint this mural.  The names of the seven are: Jennay, Erik, Juliette, Raul, Santi, Johnny and Elijah.

The professional muralists are Ignacio Garcia and Anitra "Yukue" Molina

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The mural is on the west wall of the Sonoran Stitch Factory located on W. Rillito St.  The mural is seen from N. 15th Ave.  A previous mural appeared on this wall on 10/19/2015 as Near Richey Elementary.

To further explain; the Yoeme are originally from Sonora Mexico around the Yaqui River.  They are more commonly known in the U.S. as the Pascua Yaqui. The Yoeme are the only Native American tribe that has never officially surrendered to either the Spanish colonial forces, the Mexican government, or the United States. 

Several updates from Jerry Peek: I made a note about a post and video I saw on Facebook July 1st showing the mural in progress and finished. (The unveiling was June 26th.)

Here's a clickable link to open the Facebook video page in a separate window: https://www.facebook.com/100010592835349/videos/791951158630194/

The original video is by BG Boyd Photography. You don't need Facebook to see it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUdP5uApIAc

There's more information about the mural and the two professional muralists on this page, Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Murals: https://santacruzheritage.org/yoeme-unidos/

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Scenes of Tucson

Found at a private residence on South Meyer Ave.  The mural is easily seen from Meyer Ave.

By Victor Hernandez
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Friday, September 09, 2022

Talented Toad

Found on the north wall of the Folk Shop.  The shop carries new, used and vintage folk and ethnic musical instruments.

By Ameira Al-Rudham, Katie Leyva, and Bryce J. Rogers
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Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Tucson's Desert Scenery

Found on a residential wall in the Palo Verde Park Neighborhood.

The artist's name is in the lower left corner, but I can't make it out.


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Friday, September 02, 2022

Mural disappears, comes back even better

The block west of Stone Avenue between Congress and Broadway used to have a square structure with murals on three sides. We posted photos in 2012 and 2014. (I've reposted one of those photos farther below.) As part of downtown rebuilding, the murals were taken down. But one has come back, in magnificent style. I knew it was coming, but I didn't know it was done until BG Boyd Photography sent two great photos. The first is an ultra-wide panorama (so edges appear curved):
See how the colors in the new building work with the colors in the original mural? (As always, you can click for a slideshow of larger views.) Next, a closeup of the mural:
The building is called RendezVous Urban Flats. BG Boyd took the photos early on August 17th, 2022.

On May 17, 2012, I posted a photo of the mural under construction in Murals being made, part 8 (Kindness, part 3) along with more info; you can click there to see it all. Here's that photo, complete with buckets of materials and a NO ACCESS sign:

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Poppies not yoga

That was the scene June 20th, one block south of Broadway on 4th Avenue. It's the mural painted recently for the new business Arizona Poppy. We have photos of earlier murals on these walls, from Tucson Yoga, taken between 2009 and 2012:

Friday, August 26, 2022

Bodega Solai

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (which promotes activities and businesses around downtown) wrote that Bodega Solai is a place to get "a quick bite to eat, snacks, drinks, CBD, workout supplements, smoke & vape products, and more! And don't forget their sock wall! All socks just $2!"

It seems that the inside is just as eclectic as the outside. Click on the photo for a larger view and look at the sign at the lower left.
I was there June 20th.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Mural conspiracy...

to make you want to buy food… is on the front windows of the Food Conspiracy Co-op on 4th Avenue:
Close-ups from left (the north end) to right (the south):

I snapped the photos (and tried not to buy any food) on June 20th.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Pet Portrait

 Found at 2926 E. Seneca St. on the east wall facing N. Bentley Ave.

By Sasha Aliza

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Flower Stop ten years later

It was November 23, 2011 when I posted a photo of Flower Stop on South 12th Avenue that looked a bit like a construction zone. When I came back on April 3, 2022, I saw:

Friday, August 12, 2022

Arte Bella's beautiful art

In Italian, Arte Bella means beautiful art. The muralist Chilli Mangos (on Instagram, @chillimangos) painted the entire front of Arte Bella. Here's the front from the left (north) side and the right (south) side:

Next, some closeups. The muralist also painted the underside of the roof… I'll show as much of that as I could fit into my camera:

I took the photos on June 20, 2022.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Paint for Pets

On 1st Avenue just south of Glenn is Pet Doctor:
That mural is on the north-facing wall. Here's a photo of just the mural, followed by close-ups of the left and right ends:

There's a mural on the wall's other (south) side too:
I drove by on June 22nd.