Monday, August 29, 2016

Lynn-Urquides Elementary School

Very long and artistic mural.  Unfortunately, it is covered by a chain-link fence.  Why anyone would feel the need to have both a block wall and a chain-link fence is beyond me.  Here are 10 photos that cover the entire mural:


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The Sponsors are listed in photo no. 5 and the Artists are listed in photo no. 7.  It's a shame that the names are mostly blocked by the fence.
Click on any photo for a slide show of larger images.
Photos taken on March 5, 2016.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

23rd St. Shed

This mural is on a shed in the back yard of a home on E. 23rd St. The only view is across the alley from Best Mortgage Finders, Inc. located at 6132 E. 22nd St.

As usual, click on the photo for a larger image.
Photographed on March 3, 2016.

Monday, August 22, 2016

K42 Tattoos

K42 Tattoos first appeared in the Tucson Murals Project on April 22, 2010.  Then, the only mural was on the side of the building.  Sometime after May of 2015, additional murals were painted on the rear wall of the parking area.  I photographed them on March 3, 2016.  Note: By 5/11/2016, the first mural in the series (the spider) has been painted over.

Click on any photo for a slide show of larger images.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Replacement Mural

This mural replaced the Muhammed Ali Memorial Mural at Smitty's Car Wash.  See The man who has no imagination has no wings... The Ali Mural was up for less than two months.

With all due respect for this mural and the artist who painted it,  I question the motivation and judgement of whoever authorized the disposal of a work of art in favor of an advertisement.  With that in mind, I contacted the news organization that first reported the Ali Mural.  See the Ali Article.

We'll see if there's any follow-up.

Photographed on Aug. 7, 2016.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ford Elementary

My wife (a retired teacher) was in her "Cat In The Hat" costume reading to students at the Inez C. Ford Elementary School on Feb. 18, 2016 as part of TUSD's "Love of Reading" week.  I took the opportunity to photograph this mural on a stand-alone wall.  It's on a (mostly) unused lot in the back of the school.  Easily photographed from the school's parking lot.

Click on photo for a larger image.

Another mural at Ford appeared in the "Tucson Daily Photo" on  22 October 2011.

Update (September 1, 2018): Today's Cactus Catz blog entry has a few more photos and info: Feline Friday : Ford Elementary School Mural, Eastside Tucson.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Learning Bee lost and (re-)found

Back in March, 2011, we posted 22nd and the world with a couple of photos of murals at Learning Bee Preschool & Daycare. The photos didn't show some signage, along 22nd west of Longfellow, that was basically just advertising.

Fast-forward to July, 2016. I did some hunting with Google Street View — which is a great tool for finding older murals, by the way — and found that, back on February 2008, there was a mural lining that same wall along 22nd. (Click there to see it. The mural is fuzzy if you zoom in enough to try to see detail.) Learning Bee's owners obviously support mural art… and keep changing it, too. Another Google Street View photo, below, shows it in April 2016:

(You can also see that in a bigger window by clicking on: Google Street View from April 2016.)

Notice the blank wall at the right side, running north on Longfellow? It was blank in April 2016. When I drove by on June 26th of this year, the Longfellow wall had been newly painted. Because it's a long, low wall, I'll show it in two halves: first the south part (closest to 22nd) and then the north part:

For more murals from Learning Bee, stay tuned to this blog!

Update: (October 12, 2021): A new Google Street View photo of the 22nd Street side, dated March 2021, looks the same as the Street View five years earlier that's shown above. Between then and today, the wall has been repainted. I'll take photos ASAP.

Update (December 17, 2021): On 11/11/21, I stopped by to take photos of their new mural along 22nd Street. (Click there if you'd like to see it.) I realized that we didn't have a photo of the artist credit for the murals shown in this post, five years before. Here it is:

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Stingray on Speedway

Allison Miller, a muralist who also works at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, sent this photo of a new mural along the south side of Speedway where it (over-)crosses Highland Avenue:

(Click on the image for a larger view.)

Allison wrote:
In June, the Desert Museum (with the help of community volunteers) completed the attached stingray mural; it is located at the top of the Highland Underpass (off of Speedway Blvd, between Mountain & Cherry). It’s the first mural in a series of works that are designed to promote Sonoran Desert conservation awareness. The next mural will be on a TEP substation in the Menlo Park neighborhood (on Simpson, off of the I-10 Frontage Rd.); its theme is all about Pollinators! The Desert Museum is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming involved:

What a gorgeous mural! Thanks, Allison. I'll be looking forward to the next one on the power substation.

Update (October 3, 2016): There's a series of photos of the mural in progress in the entry Murals being made, part 39: TEP south of Cushing.

Monday, August 01, 2016


Lots of Flamingos - I count 160.  You can count the palm trees - let us know how many.  The mural is very long so I've broken it down into 10 photos from left to right. The mural is in front of the Flamingo Palms Mobile Home Park along Prince Rd. The artist is Sergio L.  Photographed on 12/28/2015 when it was the Bel-Air Mobile Home Park.

Click on any photo for a slide show of larger images.

(UPDATE by Jerry: I found the same mural that David did! I noticed that Sergio L's phone number, written on bottom right corner of the mural under his name, is 520-940-1083.)