Friday, December 30, 2016

Elida Street Shed

Shed behind 1631 N. McKinley Ave.  See from E. Elida St.
Photographed on Oct. 24, 2016.  Click on either photo for larger and sharper images.

(Note for photographers:  I could have applied Perspective Correction to view the first photo from directly in front. I do that on occasion.  If I had done so in this instance, some might think I had taken the photo from the owner's back yard.  That's trespassing and I would never do it without the owner's permission.)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Maybe a mural, part 71: Totem on E. 5th St.

Decide for yourself if you consider this a mural.  I found it in front of a private residence on E. 5th St.

Photographed on Oct. 12, 2016.  Click for a larger and sharper image.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Charity Glass & Tint

Photographed Oct. 12, 2016.
Though I didn't see a signature, there's a female artist in LA that goes by the name of "Sand One".  She most likely painted this mural.  Her website is Sand One

Friday, December 23, 2016

Bronx Wash mural (complete), part 3 of 3

The previous two entries, plus an earlier entry (Beautiful Bronx Wash), show the great multi-part mural along the concrete wash between the two sides of Linden Street. You can see the mural from the north side of Linden.

These photos show the mural from east (left) to west (right). The previous entry showed the new part of the mural as it was being painted.

I snapped these photos on September 14.

Update (February 16, 2018): There are four new murals at the west end of this long series. The photos were taken April 17, 2017.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Murals being made, part 42: Bronx Wash addition

Our previous entry shows the finished mural at the right (west) end of the Bronx Wash, east of 4th Avenue along Linden Street. David Aber's photo shows this part of the mural in complete sunlight. Here are my two photos of the mural in progress and (like David's post, but in worse light) the finished mural. There's a note from the artist on the first mural saying “Back on Tuesday!”:

My camera says that both of my photos were taken on September 16, 2016, at 1:50 PM. They couldn't both have been taken then — as the first one shows “Back on Tuesday” — so please take a guess (if you'd like) of the dates.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bronx Wash mural revisited, part 1 of 3

On March 14, 2011, Jerry Peek posted photos of a mural at the Bronx Wash.  See Beautiful Bronx Wash.

Sometime in 2016 an additional panel was added to the west end of the mural. The artist is Harriet Wood ("Miss Hazard").  I photographed it on Oct. 11, 2016.

The mural is located at the intersection of E. Linden St. and N. 4th Ave.
Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Business Tree

Listing of businesses that surround a small courtyard located next to Athens on N. 4th Ave.  Photographed on Oct. 6, 2016.
Click on the photo for a larger, and sharper, image.
NE corner of E. 6th St. & N. 4th Ave.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Dragons of Character"

Homer Davis Elementary

The artist is Rebecca Carlton and the murals are from 2008.  Though it's hard to see in a 2d photo, each wall has a double curve.  I took these photos on 09/14/2015.
Click either photo for larger and sharper images.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Savaya Coffee Market

Interesting way to create a mural...just chip away the plaster.
Photographed on Sept. 23, 2016.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rillito River Mural

Rillito River Park on N. Campell Ave. at the Rillito River.
The text in the mural is a Wendell Berry quote.
Photo taken on Sept. 24, 2016. Click on the photo for a larger image.
Also, here's a link to a much larger image on Flickr: Rillito River Mural
You can make it even larger and scrollable by clicking on the Flickr photo.
NOTE: May not work with all Browsers and/or Operating Systems.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Guadalajara Mexican Grill on Broadway

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here's a food mural located at 4901 E. Broadway Blvd.
The artist is Jos Villabrille.
Photographed May 28, 2016.

Update (January 29, 2017): I (Jerry) just added a new entry, due to go online February 17, 2017, called Guadalajara Mexican Grill on Prince.

Friday, November 18, 2016


Moth inside one of the bays at Smitty's Car Wash
Click for a larger image.  Photographed on 9/12/16.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cars II

More murals of autos inside the bays of Smitty's Car Wash.

Photographed on Sept. 12, 2016.  Click on any photo for a slide show of larger images.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Cars I (more to come)

Murals of autos inside the bays at Smitty's Car Wash.

Photographed on 9/12/16.  Click on any photo for a slide show of larger and sharper images.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Warrior

South end of Smitty's Car Wash.
Click for a larger and sharper image.
Photographed on Sept. 12, 2016

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Storage Shed at Smitty's

Two murals on a storage shed at Smitty's Car Wash.
Bad Attitude

UFT (Unidentified Flying Taco)
Photographed on Sept. 12, 2016.  Click on either photo for larger images.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Murals being made, part 41: Cyfi’s Día de los Muertos

Rock “Cyfi” Martinez has a long history in Tucson painting all styles of murals. You've probably seen his gigantic new work just off 6th Street, part of the Downtown Murals Project.

Three nights ago, Friday night the 4th, he and the neighborhood just south of Mercado San Agustín inaugurated a new mural that's almost as big. It's like two murals in one. The main scene is the (married) Mexican couple of artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, dancing. Behind them are parts taken from Rivera's famous mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda, which is located at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera in Mexico City.

We'll take a look at Rock's finished mural, the mural in Mexico City, some closeups of each, then a series of photos of Rock's mural being painted. First, the finished mural at dusk (with a table in front of it — part of the celebration, but also to help show the size of this mural):

Next, a photo of Rivera's mural. I took it from the balcony above the mural. (Like always, you can click for a larger view.)
You probably won't see the similarities without some closeups. Near the left edge of Rivera's mural, just to the right of the balloons:

Now the same part of Rock's mural:

In the background, instead of the Alameda Central (a big Mexico City park), is a Sonoran Desert silhouette.

The rest of Rock's mural isn't taken as directly from Diego's. Here's the middle of Rivera's. In front at the left is Diego. Behind him, Frida:

Next, Cyfi's. The man tipping his hat is smaller, more in the background. Frida and Diego are dancing, and Rivera is holding an artist's palette under one arm:

Rock added a cactus in Frida's hair. I think it's a part of his Cactus People series. Another is the Agave Lady in the 6th Avenue mural (see the start of this entry). A third is Mayahuel, the Goddess of Agave, in his 2014 mural on CostLess Auto Parts. You can photos of that mural on this blog, as well as on Rock's website.

Amazing mural, isn't it? I hope the news reaches the museums dedicated to Diego and to Frida in Mexico City!

Finally, here are some photos of the mural being made. On October 23, Rock is at the middle of a hydraulic lift, painting the left edge with a man who's learning mural-painting from him.

The center of the mural is finished more than the edges:

On October 26th, Rock is at work by himself. It's hot:

He's doing fast work! Three days after the previous set of photos, a lot of the detail looks basically finished:

November 4th, it's time to celebrate. The lot in front of the mural is filling with tables, chairs, and guests (most, I'd guess, from the neighborhood). And, of course, there's the mural. Here are photos of the left, right and center: