Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DeGrazia chapel fire ruins frescoes

The frescoes on the walls of the chapel at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun were heavily damaged by a fire, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

You can see some of the chapel walls in our February 4, 2010 entry. There are old and current photos in the Star's article. There's more on the Mission in the Sun page at the DeGrazia website.

How sad. It was a wonderful little place.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pima Animal Care Center

Both the Pima Animal Care Center and the Humane Society do a fantastic job taking care of Tucson's lost, sick, injured and abandoned animals.
Photo taken May 24, 2017.  Click on photo for a larger and sharper image.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NOTE - re computer issues

As you probably know, Jerry Peek is the driving force behind the Tucson Murals Project.  He is having computer problems and he can't post any murals until it's fixed.  So, for the time being, we are dead in the water.

I can't believe this....he actually has Microsoft working on the problem....for free!  How do you do that?

Update by Jerry (September 8, 2017): In case you're wondering whether I got a scam phone call: I called Microsoft myself after a problem with Windows updates. After a couple of weeks, we didn't find a solution. So I'm even more behind with mural photos. Thanks to David Aber for filling in the gaps!

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Look out for each other"

Photographed on 5/12/2017.  The mural is on the north wall of a building at 1622 S. 6th Ave.

The artist is Rock Martinez (CYFI).

Click on the photo for a larger and sharper image.

Friday, May 05, 2017

OK, another exception (for Cinco de Mayo): Nogales

OK, so this is the Tucson Murals Project. And our policy from founder Randy Garsee was not to show murals in places that aren't open to the public (that charge admission, that expect you to buy something like a meal, are in a private home, etc.). I may change that policy in the future. I've seen lots of incredible murals that are worth seeing in photos if not in person… especially once I convert this blog to a format where you can see high-resolution phoos (as David Aber is already posting).

My favorite restaurant just across the Mexican border, La Roca, doesn't need promotion. But a mural in the hallway between their restaurant and their bar, is very fun. Since today is Cinco de Mayo, I've cracked open my second bottle of Dos Equis dark (that's a lie: I actually don't drink much), so let's break the rules and have a look, ¿nó?

As you walk the hallway between the restaurant and bar (hint: try to get a table on the little balcony!), you'll pass the mural:

(It's actually covered with plastic, I think, which makes the glare you see here.) Click if you'd like a larger view.

Now for a few details. The artist had some fun with this one:

I'd guess that the white-coated waiters will let you in for a look if you're dressed respectfully. (And, from here, it's only a couple-of-block walk north to the little-used US Border Crosing station. After crossing, turn left and go over the train tracks to reach the main Customs entrance.)

I was there last on October 26th.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Beautiful trash containers

[First, a note about scheduling. I'm going to have trouble keeping up with the three-murals-a-week schedule of this blog. David Aber is doing what he can. So, for now, I'll drop back to two blog entries per week. Thanks to all of our hundreds of new viewers for following along!]

If you've been following this blog for a while, you've seen Coming soon: (not) trash murals and Trash container murals revealed. Back then, I said that I hoped to put photos of all five dumpsters online ASAP. More than a year later, here are… two.

Let's jump back to September 28, 2016. That's when I drove by this container in front of Creative Beginning Preschool, 2690 North 1st Avenue. I'll start with a view of the parking lot, then get closer (cropped from the first photo) and closer:

Next, let's jump back even farther to the east side of Scott Avenue, at the corner of the parking lot south of Wig-o-Rama, on on April 26, 2016. A tour around the container and the corner with credits: