Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tribute To The Medical Profession

The mural is on a free-standing wall on the TMC campus.  It is across from the Catalina Garage on a street named E. New Hospital.

Painted by Joe Pagac with assistance from Katherine Joyce and Arielle Alelunas.

The mural is too long to fit this Blog.  I have therefore broken it into the five photos you see below.

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

Friday, May 07, 2021

Murals being made, part 62: More animals on bicycles

Joe Pagac is at it again!

He posted that photo to Instagram on March 10th as he and co-muralists were starting to paint animals on bicycles over a rainbow-covered background along Court Avenue, just north of Alameda. I stopped by on March 14th to see what was new:
He's painted other murals with animals on bikes. The best-known is his Epic Rides mural (from the blog entry Murals being made, part 46c: Tucson's biggest):

Let's look at the whole mural in progress on March 14th from left (north end) to right (south end). As always, you can click on a photo for a slideshow of larger views:
A week later, on March 21, I read that the mural was finished. Here are views from the north end looking south, then the south end looking north:
Finally, the finished mural from left (north) to right (south):

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The "living" mural

Jason Lee Nolan, the owner of Black Crow Studio, has set up a unique mural on the building across the parking lot from his business — on the TUSD building, 442 East 7th Street. (His business is across the parking lot at 426 East 7th Street.) Artists can sign up to paint an empty rectangle painted on the wall. If one of those squares is trashed by a tagger, or could just be refreshed, that part of the wall can be repainted. Here are views from the outside (north) end, through to the inside (south) end:
To keep up to date, follow @TheLivingMural on Instagram (https://instagram.com/thelivingmural). I'll aim to come back from time to time to get new photos.

Monday, May 03, 2021

New "living mural" near 4th Avenue

This looks like a very fun mural to see more than once. From the Arizona Daily Star's #ThisIsTucson: Living mural. I'm aiming to have photos on this blog in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

New way to follow by email coming soon

At the right edge of pages on this blog is a box titled "Follow by Email". Google/Blogger has announced that the feature will be discontinued in July. I'm working on a new system for following by email. Please watch this blog on the Web (tucsonmurals.blogspot.com) — or in your email, if you're subscribed — for instructions.

(By the way, if you use Twitter, you can get announcements of each new blog entry by following @TucsonArt. You'll also see tweets about Tucson art events, artists, and more.)

Monday, April 26, 2021

Peppi's House

This mosaic is on the front of Peppi's House.  It is the Tucson Medical Center's Hospice.

The "house" is named for Rose "Peppi" Grosse, a philanthropist who volunteered at TMC before developing cancer and enrolling in TMC's hospice program. One of her final decisions was to donate $1 million for a new hospice building. She was 73 when she died on May 22, 2000.

 Click for a larger and sharper image.

Our January 12, 2012 entry, also named Peppi's House, shows an earlier version of the mural and two other murals nearby.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Murals being made, part 61: Arizona Picture & Frame, west side

Last time, we saw the south wall of the former McGoldrick's Picture & Frame along Speedway. This time, here's the entrance from the parking lot on the west side. The entrance used to look as plain as the Speedway side did two years ago. When I got there on February 9th, Jessica Gonzales had painted the area around the doors and half of the portal in front. The portal was under construction, too; the "ENTRANCE" letters above had been removed:
Later, Jessica wrote on Instagram that she'd finished. I stopped by on March 3rd as construction around the murals was wrapping up:
She dated her work 2020 although it was finished in 2021:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Arizona Picture & Frame, south side

In June, 2019, the south (Speedway) side of the former McGoldrick's Picture & Frame looked like this (in Google Street View):


Jessica Gonzales has transformed the look of the store — now called McGoldrick's Arizona Picture & Frame:
Next, from left (west) to right:
I took these on February 9, 2021. I like the way she worked frames into the design. We'll see the west wall next time.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ted DeGrazia's 1964 mosaic mural

Last week, on #ThrowbackThursday, DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum tweeted about a 1964 mural by DeGrazia: Happy Throwback Thursday!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Evergreen Flowers

On February 7th, I pulled off of 22nd Street to find something on my map. I found myself in the parking lot for Evergreen Flowers. On the west side of the building — hidden unless you were coming from the west — was a mural of (you guessed it) flowers:
(There was something wrong with my camera. The whole mural has the same color of white.)

Friday, April 09, 2021

pure aesthetics natural skincare school

(The name on their sign is all lowercase letters.) This mosaic-and-mirrors mural is near the southwest corner of the building, at the end of the parking lot:
I spotted it on January 25th when I was next door at Blake's Lotaburger getting a green chile cheeseburger. (Yum. :)

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Jessica Gonzales video

Jessica Gonzales painted her first large-scale public mural in 2016. In five years, she's created a number of strong, bright murals around Tucson. (If you aren't familiar with her work, you can see more of it with this search for Jessica Gonzales on the blog and her Facebook page, Jessica Gonzales Art.)

Andrew Emery Brown (click there to see his Instagram page) produced and edited this video, titled The Muralist, for Arizona Illustrated on Arizona Public Media:

If you can't see the video above, try this direct link to YouTube: https://youtu.be/PZJduxTDWuo.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Ashtanga Yoga

On May 9, 2020, the south side of the building on the northwest corner of Congress & Grande looked like this:

(You can see this photo, and closeups of the two murals, in the July 21, 2020 entry La Chaiteria, Part II.)

When I drove by on January 8, 2021, the door at the left side wasn't blank anymore. It had a new mural for Ashtanga Yoga Tucson:

Next, closeups of the two blocks at the right edge. I think they're artist info, but I couldn't find either account: