Thursday, March 31, 2016

Edge High School, part 5 of ??

After four other blog entries with art at Edge High School, here's the beginning of the end. Along the alley that parallels Speedway, just beyond the eegee's, is a long wall with one mural after another:

I'll tease you :) by not starting to show these murals for another week. Next Monday I'll post photos of some murals that weren't finished when I first posted them a year or two ago.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Edge High School, part 4 of ??

On the opposite wall of the fence we saw last time is the school's parking lot. Underneath the fence, at the western edge of the parking lot, is a mural wrapped around the corner. Here's the west side of the corner, then a closeup:

As you can see (click for a larger view), the bird is cut from plywood and painted.

Now the north side, and another closeup:

More photos from my November 6th visit next time.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Edge High School, part 3 of ??

Last time, we saw the first piece of stained glass along the front fence of this art-covered school. Here are the rest, from east to west:

Randy Garsee and I decided, years ago, to say that a “mural” is basically any art that's flat and (typically) on a wall. So, the first three blog entries in this series — well, not including the picnic table :) — may not have been murals by your definition. Next time, though, we'll get to “real” murals: paint on a wall.

I took these photos on November 6, 2015.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Computer coming back to life

I'm on the road with my laptop computer. It went into a bizarre cycle of trying to fix itself, giving up, trying to fix again, and…. I finally gave up, wiped out my programs (a.k.a. "apps"), and re-installed Windows.

So the blog may not be back to normal until I'm home early next week. Sorry about that.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Edge High School, part 2 of ??

OK, so I raved last time about all of the art around this central Tucson charter high school. Next step: I got permission from the school office to take photos and share them on this blog. So I went outside (with my cell phone camera) and went wild. :) First was the row of stained-glass murals (yes, I consider any piece of flat art as a “mural”) along the front fence.

I'll start the photos with the mural at the east end, closest to the gate. Here are the view from the south side (where the sun was then, on November 6th) and then from the north side (where the sunlight passed through the mural):

Next time: the rest of the stained glass “murals” along this amazing school's front fence.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Edge High School, part 1 of ??

This is the 1,111th entry on the Tucson Murals Project since Randy Garsee started this blog in 2006 — almost ten years ago. (To see older entries, click on one of the years in the Blog Archive at the right-hand side of this page.) I'm glad to have been able to help share some of Tucson's great art with you!

Here's a school with even more murals than our previous “muralific” school. There are so many murals around Edge High School that I'm not sure how long it will take to show you all of them. They're all thanks to (as one of the people I met in the school's office told me) a very talented art teacher and the wonderfully expressive students.

I was blown away by this great find as I tried to bicycle around the dead-end 1st Street just south of Speedway and east of Country Club on November 6, 2015. After I spotted the Ben's Bells mural on the east side of the school buildings…

…I rolled around the corner to see if there was more. Yes! Let's get started with the art I passed on the way into the school office (to ask permission to take photos). A tile-covered table out front:

(OK. That's not exactly a mural, but the rest are. Mostly. :) Like this:

Next, on the wall opposite the school's entrance, are side-by-side murals. (The sun shone into my phone's camera lens, so the photos have bright spots at the left edge.) First, the top mural:

And some detail from the bottom-right corner of the top mural:

More next time — in part 2 of who-knows-how-many?

Update (May 19, 2016): This series ended at part 10.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Faded at 12th and Park

December 21st, I was taking one of my favorite bicycle shortcuts from the west side of the Park Avenue “freeway” (south of Broadway) to the east side. As I rode along 12th Street, I spotted a faded mural on the northwest corner of Rustica, just west of Park Avenue:

Here's a closer view:

I didn't have time to go inside and ask if they know the story. If you know, please leave a comment below! (You can stay anonymous, if you'd like.)

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Howling At The Moon

This mural first appeared in the Tucson Murals Project on June 16, 2011 as the Wildcat School from Warren V.  It next appeared in the Tucson Daily Photo on May 6, 2014 as the Sad piece of Tucson history. It had been completely covered by a chain link fence.  The fence is now gone.  The mural is on the west wall of the Pepe Barron Academy.  It is best viewed from behind the Eegees at Stone & Drachman.  I took this photo on Jan. 17, 2016.

Click on the photo for a larger (and sharper) view.