Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dancing again, 13 years later

It was thirteen years and a day ago when my first mural photo appeared on this blog. I'd found the mural and, since I'd seen the blog, decided to send it in. As it turned out, Randy Garsee, who started the blog, was going to leave town; he made me co-editor without asking. (Clever guy.) Here's that photo:

Fast-forward to April 3 of this year. I turned off 22nd St. just past the railroad overpass to make a phone call. The mural, in front of me, looked much brighter. It had been repainted!

(I've brightened the mural, which was in the shade.) Next, closeups from left to right:

I'm guessing that the homeowner behind the mural is behind the repainting. What a gift to the neighborhood!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Which came first?

I spotted this wall on April 3rd at the northwest corner of 7th and Hoff, a block east of 4th Avenue:

If you look closely (you can click for a larger view, if you'd like), there are a few different layers: a block wall partly painted tan, but partly with a mural on it, then with another smooth tan layer on top, then signs and equipment on top of the rest as if the rest weren't there… Hello?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Boxyard

This mural (I've named it 'Floaters') depicts 8 of the 10 shipping containers used for casual dining at "The Boxyard".
By Joe Pagac

This mural (I've named it 'Grimace') is painted on the end of one of the shipping containers.
By Donovan White.
Both murals were photographed on 9/15/2019.  Click on either photo for larger and sharper images.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Don't miss this on Prince

Just west of Tucson Blvd. on the south side of Prince Road, is a tile mural standing alone on a long wall:

The wall is set back from the road, so you'll need to watch for the mural. Here it is:

The three mailboxes have three addresses, so I'm not sure exactly which one to give this mural. The one mailbox labeled says 2326.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Rillitobend Neighborhood

On a wall at the northeast corner of Prince & Cactus is this new mosaic mural by Sue Ann Breems, neighbors and friends:

(As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view.) It's 33 feet wide, full of gorgeous details like these:

It was dedicated on March 8th, a few weeks before I took these photos on April 4th. You can read more in the Arizona Daily Star article Labor of love: New mural captures natural beauty of north-side neighborhood, Rillito River. It lists several other artists who I've added to the “Labels” list at the end of this article. Two more articles have video close-ups: RillitoBend Neighborhood mural 1 and RillitoBend Neighborhood mosaic tile mural 2.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Want a pandemic project: discovering murals?

Some places in Tucson — especially near downtown and in South Tucson — have had murals on the same wall for years or decades. For 15 years, this blog has been showing murals, but we've missed a lot of them… there've been many thousands of murals in this town. One way to find them is with Google's Street View, which takes photos along streets every few years. You can use their Time Machine to jump between photos of the same corner, like this:

The big view shows the corner in August, 2016, and the small view is from March 2011.

If you'd be interested in doing some research and sharing what you've found on this blog, drop me a note by using the "Contact us" form in the right column of this page and let's talk about how you can help. (It could make a great project for days you're stuck at home.) Thanks from everyone who loves Tucson murals and Tucson history!

I'll finish with blog photos from that corner, 740 North Main, during the past decade:

April 12, 2013

January 9, 2015

May 14, 2016

Friday, May 08, 2020

Red-headed Lady

Photographed Jan. 24, 2020 at 4502 E. 25th St.  The mural is on the west wall of the house along S. Belvedere Ave.

Artist not known.
Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Books coming alive

Jessica Gonzales, who's painting a lot of murals, has finished another along the parking lot of Antigone Books on 4th Avenue.

As always, you can click a photo for a larger view. Here's a closeup of the left end of the mural:

Dakin Martin worked with her. Here's a photo of the mural being made, thanks to & Gallery:

The mural's name and credits are at the far right of the first photo above, in the shade:

The photos (except the one from & Gallery) are from April 3rd.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Playing, and living, together

On the 5th Avenue side of the Playground Bar & Lounge is that new mural by Jessica Gonzales. In case you're seeing this blog entry years from now: The mural is for Tucsonans who are pulling together to get through the huge disruptions at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can you guess what each letter symbolizes? David Aber, who told me about the mural, wrote:
A local property group is using art to remind the community we are in this together during the coronavirus crisis. “LoveBlock Partners” commissioned a mural in downtown Tucson by local artist Jessica Gonzales. … The mural includes typography from different iconic businesses to highlight a united community. “So the T is from the ‘Old Tucson’ sign, the O from the ‘Fox Theater’, the G is from ‘Hotel Congress’, the [first] E is from ‘Eegees’,” said Gonzales.
I'll add some guesses: The H has an ice cream cone from ‘The Hub Ice Creamery’, the T is the saguaro neon sculpture on Oracle Road, the second E is from Ben's Bells ‘Be Kind’ (like the mural at City High School) and the R is from the ‘Rialto Theatre’. If you know what the G is from, please leave a comment below (you can be anonymous).

Here are closeups of the top right and bottom right corners:

I took the photos on April 24th.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tribute to Randy Clamons

Randy Clamons passed away on June 4, 2019.  He was the de facto leader of the local band "Top Dead Center".  The mural is by Sean John Cannon.  It was found at "The Hut", 305 N. 4th Ave.  The reference on the mural to the "Mike & Randy's 420 Show" is slang for smoking marijuana at 4:20 p.m. and also refers to marijuana celebrations that take place annually on April 20.

Photographed on April 14, 2020.

Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Update from Jerry: David and I were both prowling 4th Avenue at the start of April, taking advantage of the eerily empty street during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you've been to The Hut, you know that in front they have a tall moai sculpture of former miniature-golf fame. Right around the start of April, someone wrapped a mask around its face. I couldn't resist adding a photo here that I took on April 12th:

Friday, April 24, 2020

Bronx Wash VI

The Bronx Wash runs along E. Linden St. just west of N. 4th Ave. The Wash contains many murals sponsored by the Northwest Neighborhood Assn.  Additional murals are added periodically.  The first murals were painted in 2011 and there have been 4 additions since.  Here are the links to the 5 previous entries:(1)Beautiful Bronx Wash, (2) Bronx Wash mural revisited part 1 of 3, (3) Murals being made, part 42: Bronx Wash addition, (4) Bronx Wash mural (complete) part 3 of 3, (5) Bronx Wash re-re(-re?) visited.

The first mural below appeared in an earlier entry as unfinished.  The other five are all new.
Photographed on Jan. 7, 2020
By Teresa Altamirano

"el hombres de maiz"(the men of corn) refers to the Mayan dependence on corn.

"Sugar Hill" is a reference to a previous name for the neighborhood.

Likely meaning is "Professional And Career Development"

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Arizona Sun

Photographed on Jan. 12, 2020.
Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

I'm guessing that the Arizona Flag was the inspiration for this mural.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Sky Bar's 4th Avenue side

Last time, we saw the mural along the Sky Bar parking lot. Around the corner, along 4th Avenue, is a mural that shows what you'll see inside Sky Bar (once the COVID-19 pandemic has settled down, that is):

But wait. What's that near the top right corner?

Pigeons. They're everywhere… even outer space! You just can't stop 'em.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Closeups of Cyfi's Sky Bar mural

A year and a half ago, we published a photo of the Rock Cyfi Martinez’ twilight mural on the north wall of Sky Bar. On April 3, when I came back to photograph the mural on the west wall, I took a closer look at Cyfi’s mural:

(Click for a larger image.)

Next, a few closeups…

I noticed that the mural has changed around her left hand. Here's a closeup from David Aber's 2018 photo:

It looks like the car charger has been replaced. (The brick circles match the circles in the rest of the mural. Nice, eh?)

Here's a fun tiny section of the mural:

And his signature at the top right:

Friday, April 10, 2020


Mural behind the Pueblo Hotel and Apartments on South 6th Ave.(it's the building with the Diving Lady sign).  The mural is seen from South Arizona Ave.
Photographed Oct. 23, 2019
By Danny Martin
 Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Mural alley in Nogales

Three blocks from the pedestrian exit of the main border crossing to Nogales, Sonora, is Callejón Morelos, an alley lined with curio shops and a few other businesses. From Campillo, the first east-west street beyond the plaza south of that exit (see the map below), this is the view:

Here are photos of the murals that line the alley, along the left (east) edge in the photo above, then returning along the right (west) edge:

(I was there really early. Someone was asleep in that nook. I blurred their face.)

The murals are painted on the doors to each of the shops. Come early to see them before the shops open.

Google Maps doesn't list Callejón Morelos. Here's a map with a red pin in the alley:

I walked through on February 19th.