Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Look behind the (little free) library...

On October 21st, on the blog Tucson's Pocket Parks, I posted photos of a wonderful street-side spot in the art-filled Dunbar/Spring neighborhood: Sit on a Gila Monster, share a book. I was so taken by the scene that I didn't notice a mural on a cistern (rainwater harvesting tank) next to the nearby home:

The blog entry I mentioned has more photos. This (typically) amazing public-art scene is in the art-filled Dunbar/Spring neighborhood, at the northwest corner of 10th Avenue and 2nd Street. I discovered it thanks to a heads-up from Natasha at Originate (a fabulous natural building materials store not far away).

Friday, November 22, 2013

Goodbye, 5Pointz

I do a lot of traveling (though not as much as I used to...). When I go, I look for art. (You can try searching the Internet for something like mural Phoenix.)

One street art icon that I never got to see was 5Pointz in New York City:

(As always, you can click for a larger view.)

Today I read a tweet from the Arizona Arts Commission ‏@AZartscomm:

There's been a lot of talk about 5Pointz this week. What do you think? Lost art or graffiti?

That tweet ends with a link to a National Public Radio story — written, with more pictures: Remembering 5Pointz: A Five-Story Building That Told Plenty More. (You can also click on the story title to read it.)

That photo above came from the 5Pointz home page, which has a big black space where the photo used to be... as well as pleas for help to save the art.

According to NPR, 5Pointz is set to be demolished by the end of the year to make way for luxury apartments.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Your favorite murals?

As I've traveled back and forth (and back and forth...) to New Mexico this autumn — which is a lot of why I haven't been posting many murals, by the way — I got an idea. I'd ask readers of this blog (that's you! :) to choose their favorite murals.

I just made the new page called "Favorites". You can see it by clicking there (on its name) — or by clicking on the page title in the "Pages" section at the top right-hand corner of any page on the blog.

Enjoy! And please feel free to vote for yours. (As you'll see, there are instructions for "voting" at the top of the Favorites page.)

Friday, November 01, 2013

New Head Hunter (mural)

Mark Fleming has been outdoing himself recently, sending me lots of new murals to post. This one is a new mural on 5846 East Speedway, Head Hunter Smoke Shop. (For a Google Map, click at the bottom of this entry, next to "Location".)

I think I may have photographed an earlier mural there but haven't posted it yet. If it's in my backlog of murals to post, you'll see it here eventually!

Mark sent this one on September 23rd.