Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New on Echols Avenue (in July)

Last month, Mark Fleming sent photos of a new mural on Echols Avenue north of University. The camera data says he took them on July 23rd. Here's a photo of the mural overall, from a distance back:

I haven't seen it yet, but I found the building by using Google's Street View at the intersection of Echols and University. Looking north, I found a blank wall with the same shape (and same ventilator above).

He sent closeups too:

As always: Thanks, Mark!

P.S. This is the 850th post on the Tucson Murals Project. Thanks to everyone who contributes photos... and all of you who follow it, too.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jos' Good Ole Tom's mural by night

This blog has plenty of photos of the gorgeous set of murals by Jos Villabrille at the new Good Ole Tom’s location just east of Wilmot on Broadway. The most recent photos were by Mark Fleming on August 31st.

A few times I've published photos of murals by night (such as Murals by Moonlight). Yesterday evening I drove by Good Ole Tom’s and saw that the murals were (partly) lit. Here's the east side of the building:

(The lights look brighter in that photo than they do when you're seeing the mural in person.)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Evening at The Presidio

On the south wall of the outdoor Presidio re-creation (officially, it's the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson; you can click there to see the city's official web page), is a long mural showing what the view might have been like there in older times:

(Now — as you can see from the satellite view below — the mural has a parking lot behind it!)

The official address is 133 West Washington, but it covers a big part of the block south of Washington. (You can see a close-up Google Satellite view by clicking there.)

I took this photo near sunset on December 6, 2012. (The gate was closed, but you can see the mural from the street anyway.)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Around the corner at Casa de Ladrillo

When I photographed the “xeriscaping” at 3131 E. Glenn (the photo was posted July 28, 2011), I shot from the east end of the house.

Later — October 16, 2012 — I noticed a little mural on the west end, by the front door:

The ocotillo stalks that the burro might be "carrying" are an artistic way to cover what looks to me like an ugly electrical box next to the door.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Newer near Playground

Back in April, Mark Fleming sent photos of two murals at 272-274 E. Congress by Joe Pagac. On July 20 — according to the data in the photo file, that is — Mark took photos of two different murals in the same spot. The first, between two pillars (walls?) numbered 274 and 272, is titled (in Mark's photo name, at least) A Thing Like Congress St. Doesn't Just Happen Overnight:

Here's the second, just east of the one above:

As you can see (thanks to Mark), the second is by Joe as well as Wendy Van Leuveren.

These are just down Congress from the little park at Congress & Scott (which is the second post on my new Tucson's Pocket Parks blog).

Update (September 29, 2016): I'm sad to write that Wendy Van Leuveren passed away recently. The Tucson Weekly article Remembering Wendy has details (note that some are disturbing).

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Maybe a mural, part 48: Doors on Dodge

From time to time, I post a photo of something that you might or might not call a mural. (Some people have stricter definitions than others. On this blog, if it's art and it's generally flat, it probably qualifies.) How about this one?

It's some painted doors and a fence laid along the fence at 2119 N. Dodge, along the north end of the front yard. (Would it be a mural if it were a single piece of wood with painted geometric shapes? I bet it wood — oops, would. :) I rolled by on October 16, 2012.

The previous “maybe” mural was posted June 2nd.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Monet's Muse

As you can read in the first entry on my new blog Tucson’s Pocket Parks, there's a gorgeous mosaic mural around the outdoor dining area at Café à la C’Art. (That's the restaurant on one side of the Tucson Museum of Art grounds, the former first Janos restaurant in Tucson. It's gorgeous inside, too, but we don't show photos of art that isn't open to the public.)

The restaurant was closed when I took these photos on January 16th, and plants were covered against the cold. I'll show these in no particular order... except a plaque with the name of the work and the artist (Monet's Muse by Kathleen Spain, 2010) at the very end.

(And two notes about the quality of the photos: The first photo — of the sculpture — has some perspective distortion; the base of the sculpture isn't tilting “downhill” as it looks here. Most of the photos were taken in open shade during the winter; I've tried to fix the color, but a lot of the color isn't very accurate... so, you'll need to stop by and see this work with your own eyes! :)

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Multicolored corner

Whether you're rolling by on a bicycle (as I did on May 11th) or in a car, you can't help but notice this corner:

It's in an art-filled area of town — just behind Tucson High School — at 648 E. 8th Street.

There's a closeup of the mailbox on today's Tucson Mailbox Art posting.