Friday, August 25, 2017

A Long Journey Home

Between 2006 and 2008 Pima County exhumed an estimated 1300 bodies from a downtown cemetery that was in use from 1862 to 1875.  Nearly 1200 of those remains were re-interred at the All Faiths Cemetery.  Four tile memorial murals were created using photographs from the 1860s and 1870s.  Apparently, the photos had deteriorated with age.

The first photo below is a sign at the entrance to the Memorial that gives more of an explanation than you see in the preceding paragraph.  Hopefully you will be able to read the sign once you click on it for a larger image.  If not, you may have to use your browser for further enlarging.

The sign at lower right reads "E J Smith Undertaker"

The photos are from Aug. 2, 2017 and you may click on any one for a slide show of larger images.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Doggies On The Wall

The original mural at the Transformation Pet Center appeared in The Tucson Murals Project on Sept. 15, 2008. See Meow Mural with Mutt Motif. The mural has since been re-done and there's no longer a meow. This photo is from Aug. 2, 2017:

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Update (February 25, 2021): Here are two closeups that Jerry Peek took today:

Monty “Ses” Esposito painted the dog on the left and Rickey “Sketch” Bush painted the dog on the right.

Update (May 29, 2023): Sketch brought Jerry to see this long-time Tucson mural… still here after 20 years or so:

Years after the mural was painted, Sketch and Monty stopped by the business. The owner had been trying to find them to update the mural… she didn't want anyone else to do it. They painted the side and front of the building teal and added the black paw prints running along it.

Sketch told me the names in the signature at the left side, but I didn't write them down… I'll need to ask him again. Here's a closeup from his print, followed by a photo today with higher contrast to help the letters stand out:

Monday, August 14, 2017

2009 Bookmans mural of a dragonslayer

This mural is on the Throwback Thursday page of the Tucson Daily Photo blog:

Dragon was slain!

I haven't gotten permission yet to show the photo. If I do, I'll add it here. Otherwise, just click on that link to see the blog page with the photo.

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Carmelin Castro Ítom Usím Children's Park" (revisited)

The park is in the City of South Tucson along the Julian Wash beginning at S. 10th Ave. & W. 40th St.  It extends from S. 10th Ave. to S. 12th Ave.  It's a great place to take the kids.  It has a nice playground and plenty of places for the family to have a picnic or just sit and relax.

Images from the park were originally posted to the Tucson Murals Project on 12/02/2011.  There's so much more to add that I've decided to start over and show all of the murals in the park. Here are the photos I took on July 20, 2017:

South wall of small structure.
North wall
West wall
East wall
Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.

Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.
Marker along the bike path.
Marker along the bike path
Marker along the bike path
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Unfortunately, I couldn't find the names of any of the artists.

I also tried to find a translation of Ítom Usím.  I couldn't find any matches in Yaqui, Pima or O'odham.  It might be a proper name.

Friday, August 04, 2017

"Pie Allen"

By Catherine Eyde, 2013.
Found in the Pie Allen Neighborhood on E. 8th St. between N. Tyndall Ave. & N. Park Ave.

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