Saturday, February 20, 2010

What's on (at) the Rialto

At the end of last year and the start of this one, the Rialto Theatre had a Sonic Youth concert mural on their wall, greeting people driving into downtown from the east. That mural couldn’t last forever (we hoped). On a ride into downtown today, that mural had been replaced by two — for the George Tnorogood and Ozmali concerts in March:

The mural is signed by Joe Pagac. Thanks to the Rialto and Joe for giving us something to look at as we sit in traffic coming into downtown.

But that's not all. Next to that mural, just a bit south, is this skull mural next to a side door:

(And then there's the mural on the south end of the wall.)

MORE on Park

The Project M.O.R.E. High School at 440 S. Park has a rainbow of tiles on the front and at spots around the inside:

Friday, February 19, 2010

New mural, same lot

Back in August, 2006, Randy posted the story of a mural behind an ugly lot just north of the corner of Speedway and Stone (1122 N. Stone).

Today there's a new mural, but the lot is still ugly:

The mural was painted by Rock Martinez.

Update (May 1, 2010): Here's the same mural at night.

Here's a Tucson Citizen article (December 3, 2009) about the mural: AWESOME Dia De Los Muertos Mural completed on Stone/Speedway!

Update (December 26, 2010): Rock is the owner of the new Art Terrain Art Gallery at 519 N. 4th Avenue.

Update (February 8, 2011): You can read and watch an Arizona Public Media interview with Rock Martinez that also covers Tucson's graffiti problem.

Update (January 1, 2015): Here's the new mural, painted a year ago or so.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Three streets, three murals: #3

Farthest west from Columbus in the series of three murals is the mural that wraps around the corner of Broadway and Calle de Jardin (Garden Street). This one is by Manny Garcia:
I took the photos on February 14, 2010.

Update: Here are links to more photos of the home and of the street just south of here. There are other photos of the area around this blog, the Tucson Mailbox Art blog, and the public art section of

Update (October 14, 2022): The mural has changed. Today's post shows that — and also has close-up photos of the whole mural.

Three streets, three murals: #2

Between the murals in the previous and next entries, you'll find a beautifully-painted home at the corner of Broadway & Bryant. Here are three views I photographed February 17, 2010:

Update (June 21, 2022): The mural has been repainted and the wall top has changed. The home is for sale. Today's post Mural for sale: $464,900! (home included) has lots of photos.

Three streets, three murals: #1

Along Broadway, just west of Columbus, are three murals spread between three street corners. This first one, at the corner of Calle El Centro and Broadway, might sort of stretch the definition of "mural"... but it's on a wall, and it's close to the other gorgeous murals, so check it out if you're in the area!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Desert vehicles and critters

Art lovers who want to get out of town (way out of town), try Desert Truck & RV Sales, 2309 S. Craycroft (just south of 32nd St.). The building is wrapped with murals:

including some famous desert critters:

Thursday, February 04, 2010

DeGrazia chapel

The chapel at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun (6300 N. Swan, near Skyline) is a special place. Ted DeGrazia, who studied in Mexico with muralists Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, lined the chapel walls with murals:

Update (May 31, 2017): A fire badly damaged these frescoes. Today's entry has a link to the Arizona Daily Star article about the fire, with photos.

Vista del Monte neighborhood welcome

The mosaic mural and desert animals at the corner of Glenn and Columbus welcome you to the Vista del Monte neighborhood.

Slow down on North Craycroft...

... or, better yet, ride a bicycle (so it's easy to stop)... to see murals like this one on walls along the roadway between River and Sunrise. The walls are painted with orange and red swirls that flow around the murals. (This one is across the street from the intersection with Placita de Royale.)

Drive-thru cafe

Want to drive through a café? Try the CoffeeXChange at 6841 E. Camino Principal (which is a confusing address; it's on Tanque Verde just east of the stoplight at Camino Principal). On the north wall is this café scene... with a menu and speaker at the left side and the pick-up window at the right side (just out of the photo). Mais oui!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Spicy mural

The mural that wraps around El Pueblo Viejo Salsa Company (2514 S. 4th Avenue) has some parts in outline (like the ghostly musician on front), some parts flat (like the painted-on window and the bricks around the door), and some parts... well, check it out yourself when you're in South Tucson for a meal or a visit to see all of the art along the streets.

Sit a while, enjoy the art

If Jeff's Auto Parts weren't on a main street -- 2412 S. 4th Avenue in South Tucson -- you might think you were right at home, with two places to sit and two mosaic murals to admire.

Sue's Fish & Chips

You'll find these two murals along 4th Avenue in South Tucson, at the corner of 35th Street, Sue's Fish & Chips. The second one is signed Lira Designs, 218-9882:

Update (November 27, 2014): Today we posted Mark Fleming's photos from September, 2014 showing a much-improved mural. For instance, the rough "steak fingers" sign and corral at the left edge of the second photo above are now bright and crisp.

O&J Tire Shop

This mural at O&J Tire Shop, 2610 S Park Avenue (at 36th St.), is in memory of Neto Ramirez.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Quincie Douglas Center

At this big recreation center, swimming pool and public library, 1575 E 36th St., mosaic murals line the front and back of the monument out front. At the entrance to the central building is a bench with hand-made tiles:
(Click on an image for a larger view. Use your browser's "back" button to come back.) Update (November 10, 2020): There's much more art now.

Welcome to South Tucson (on 29th)

Coming from the east on 29th Street, you enter South Tucson as you cross the railroad tracks. (Here's a map.) These three welcoming murals are all on the north side in the first few blocks -- before you get to 4th Avenue.

Update (September 29, 2014): I've found details about the second mural in La Tusa, The Tattoo Mural.

Tucson Greyhound Park on 36th

Here are two of the murals lining South Tucson streets. These are on 36th Street along the parking lot for Tucson Greyhound Park.

Update (October 5, 2015): David Aber stopped by and wrote this about the first mural:
It’s on the south side of E. 36th St. and across the street from number 325 … If you take a close look at the Chevy’s license plate, you’ll see that the mural was completed in 2009 by Las Artes (a Pima County youth program).

South Tucson shows off

South Tucson ("the pueblo within a city") has decorated its main streets with murals and bits of color on benches, bus stops, trash cans, plaques, and more. Here are a few examples from the blocks of South 4th Avenue just north of 36th Street:

Monday, February 01, 2010

Decorated bridges along the Rillito

On a sunny winter day, you'll meet lots of other Tucsonans walking or biking the paths along the Rillito River. (Maybe you'll even see some water! :)

Bridges along the way are decorated with tile and mosaic. Here are a few. All of these are between Campbell and Alvernon. (As always, you can click on any photo for a bigger view. Come back with your browser's "Back" button.)

Country ClubCamino Real
Hacienda del Sol
ChristmasSt. Phillips
And click to see bridges between Alvernon and Swan.

Half-missing mural

Did the artist stop after painting the top part, or was the bottom part covered over? (I think it's probably the latter... though that leads to the question of why?) This is on the side of Jim's Market, 805 E. 36th Street.

Update (January 16, 2011): The building — and this half-mural — have been painted over in a sort of pink color.

Boys & Girls Clubs preview

This simple mural in front of the organization's Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse, 2585 E 36th Street shows what you'll find inside: