Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dale's Doors

Need a real door? Dale's Doors, at 321 S. Kino Parkway, should be able to help you. If you have a wall waiting for a mural with a door, Dale's can probably tell you which muralist painted this scene on their wall.

Update (May 17, 2011): Here's part of the same mural at night.

Bright idea on Edison

You'll find this mural along the driveway at 2702 E. Edison.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Murals and mosaics at Miles

Tucson schools have a lot of great public art, but Miles Exploratory Learning Center, 1400 E. Broadway (at Highland) is special. Let's start with views from the north and south:

(As always, you can click on any photo for a larger view. Use your browser's "Back" button to return here.)

There are murals all around the school, like this one along the parking lot:

and The ABCs of Tucson (J for Jalapeños, N for Norteña music, ...):

Between Broadway and the school building, though, is the part that's best: The Gardens, a series of different gardens with mosaic plaques at the entrance...

...and along the paths.

There's also an artistic courtyard inside the school that I didn't see. If you visit the garden during school hours, by the way, sign in at the school office. It's just through the doors in left-hand photo at the top.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Barn south of Broadway

This barn-shaped building, painted with farm animals... at the Highland Free School, 510 S. Highland.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Scholars on Second Avenue

This mural runs along 2nd Avenue, at the corner of 6th Street. It's the edge of the campus of Roskruge Bilingual Middle Magnet & Elementary School. Martín Moreno worked with students to paint it.(The school history is interesting...)

The other side of the mural is on the November 3, 2011 post.

Update (February 17, 2022): Today, KGUN 9 TV broadcast the story Muralists seek to renovate Roskruge mural, create new art. A group of muralists including Allison Miller want to restore the mural and add a new one on the other side of the wall.

Update (June 13, 2023): The mural along 6th Street and 2nd Avenue has been repainted. See today's post Roskruge repainted. The mural on the other side of the wall along 2nd Avenue hasn't changed (yet).

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dressing up a drab corner

Got a boring brick wall on your business? Why not hire a mural painter to dress it up? That's what John Jacob's El Parador (2744 E. Broadway) did with the southeast corner of their building:

The works are signed "Tineo '09". I'm guessing this is David Tineo, the Tucson muralist. (By the way, he'll have a retrospective at the Tucson Museum of Art opening on February 27, 2010.)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Undisputed urban art

Call it tagging on steroids, or ugly, or brilliant, or whatever you feel... but there's no missing the walls filled with murals at Undisputed Fitness & Training, 1240 N. Stone. Both sides of the vacant lot south of the building are wrapped with art:

Santa shows up a couple of places around that lot. Here's a bit of the building's south wall:

The building's east wall -- which used to have Arnold Schwarzenegger alone and with company -- has been repainted since the summer. It's a different style than the south wall:

Love it? Loathe it? Either way, the artist(s) put a lot of work into these walls.

Update: The venue for all of this graffiti art is the annual Winta Fresh. There's more in our post from July 6, 2011.

Mural in the mesquite

I just came across these photos from a year ago (January, 2009). I remember riding by this mural, which is on a wall around a storage tank on Treat at Waverly, and wondering which came first: mesquite or mural?

Did the neighbors decide mesquite looked better than the mural? Or has the mesquite grown taller since the mural went up? (The bushes seem too close to the wall for painters to do their work.) If you know the real story, please post a comment or send email.

Update (May 6, 2024): There's been a new mural here since 2022 or so. There's also a small park around the mural. Today's post Mural at midtown butterfly garden has photos and a link to the Tucson's Pocket Parks blog.

St. Ambrose School

You'll find this mural above an entrance to the St. Ambrose Catholic School at 300 S. Tucson Blvd..

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Church art, part 2

Muralist Jim Ru (see Randy's previous post) told us that the mural he painted at American Evangelical Lutheran Church also has a flip side -- on the other side of the wall, inside the patio. So I stopped by 115 N. Tucson Blvd. (the corner of 10th) with my camera:

The church has more art outside, too -- though it wasn't painted by Mr. Ru. You'll see a rainbow at the end of the west-side parking lot... which leads to you the northern wall with painted panels:

Friday, January 08, 2010

Love One Another: A Muralist Comes Forward

This mural originally appeared on the Tucson Murals Project in March 2008. Here's the original post, followed by an update:
This Christian message can be found "on northbound Tucson Blvd just north of Broadway. This mural is still there."
Submitted by Neil R. Amstutz

Now the update:
The muralist is Jim Ru. He recently e-mailed to explain the inspiration. "Hey and thanks for [the Tucson Murals Project]. It's really great. I actually considered doing the same thing many years ago when I lived in Tucson. The city is so full of mural art and it was undocumented," Ru wrote in the e-mail. Ru said he painted the mural the week of the invasion of Iraq "as a message to those driving by." He also added, "I love showing off your web site to people showing them all the amazing murals in Tucson. More cities should be so lucky. Jim"
And thank you, Mr. Ru. I hope this encourages more muralists and/or mural enthusiasts to view the Tucson Murals Project, let us know the name of the muralist (if it isn't posted), and contribute or pass along our web site. Tucson's murals are a true asset to the Old Pueblo. Thanks, Randy Garsee

Saturday, January 02, 2010


Maybe you didn't know that the sounds animals make are written different ways in different languages? (See Derek Abbott's Animal Noise Page for a list.)

Anyway, I used to do a lot of traveling overseas. When I saw this mural of happy pets on the front of Creature Comforts Pet Resorts (2104 E. 13th St., at Olsen), I was thinking of (what turned out to be) the French spelling of the noise cats make, miaou... and then I thought of how a cat might say "mural". Once I got home, I found out that cats in the US say meow instead, but I decided to go ahead with that wacky French/English title for this post. Whatever...

(Hey, it's not easy to come up with titles for a hundred different murals! :)