Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"Poison Ivy"

She's a supervillain appearing in the Batman comics and movies.  She's now on the west wall of Wooden Tooth Records.

Photographed on Jan. 30, 2020
By Danny Martin
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Friday, June 26, 2020


On April 22, 2019, David Aber visited 79th Floor, where (among other things) you can get CBD oil. He posted photos on August 30, 2019. When I stopped by on April 10 of this year, the mural on the north wall of the building had changed:

(As always, you can click for a larger view.)

I also spotted a mural on the east wall, which is a narrow driveway:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Youth On Their Own

Near the southeast corner of Pima and Alvernon is a complex of two buildings with a parking lot between. It's called Youth on their Own. On the south side is their mini-mall, at 1642-B North Alvernon; an Isaac Caruso mural graces the north wall of that building with a young woman graduate and saguaro blossoms:

The north side has another building, at 1660 North Alvernon; a long wall stretches from it toward Alvernon. On the wall is a mural with the theme of blowing a seed off of a dandelion. It's hard to see the whole thing from a distance:

The right-hand end looks to me like a stylized flower. Next to it is a dandelion, with seeds floating toward the left end of the mural. Here's the view from the left:

Next, the seed and the dandelion:

Nice, isn't it? It was painted by Porter McDonald; he calls it “Flight.”

I was there on April 10th.

Update (December 7, 2021): The Arizona Daily Star's online section #ThisIsTucson has published a story about Youth On Their Own: For three decades, this Tucson-area nonprofit has helped homeless teens navigate life.

Update (May 3, 2024): Today's post shows a long mural at YOTO's new administration building, a few miles away from here on Country Club Road, painted sometime in the past year.

Update (July 5, 2024): Today I saw the article Youth On Their Own Moves to New “Forever Home” at 2525 N Country Club Rd and realized that the “administration building” actually holds all of YOTO. That complex opened in November, 2023. I stopped by this old location; the murals are still there.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Via de Cristo (The Way of Christ)

Shower Trailer on the grounds of the "Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church".  The trailer is used by the Church's outreach ministry and provides a place for the needy to shower.

The artist is unknown as I'm not familiar with the ID symbol in the lower right.

Photographed on Feb. 24, 2020.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Sky and Sand

A boutique with housewares and a classic style of women's clothing.
Photographed Jan. 20, 2020.
Mural by Matt Taylor

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Flying murals

Driving along eastbound Valencia Road, almost to Kolb Road, the Pima Air & Space Museum is on your right. Poke your camera lens through the fence, or hoist it over the top, to catch photos of planes painted with murals. The planes are grounded, and the museum is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, so that's the best view you'll get. I saved you the drive:

I rolled by on March 2nd.

Update (June 17, 2020): The museum has re-opened.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Superior murals

Although this blog is about Tucson murals, from time to time I show murals out of town. On April 4th, I drove north on Oracle Road, Highway 77, looking for wildflowers. I took the turn onto at Hayden, Highway 177, and headed for Superior. This town has done what a lot of others have: decorated their downtown with murals.

Here's a tour along Main Street starting from the corner of Lobby Avenue, heading east along the south side of the street, then west along the north side of Main.

A closeup of the S in the mural above:

The left end of the mural above:

The left end of the mural above, along a ramp that leads up to the door:

Here's the mural that's half-hidden behind a tree in the photo above:

For some reason, Blogger wouldn't let me make a link to a map at the end of this blog entry. So here's a Google Map showing Superior (Tucson is off the bottom edge):

Friday, June 05, 2020

Powerful art, and broken windows, after downtown protests

At sunrise this morning, I headed downtown to see what had changed since this week's protests. I found two powerful new murals — and a lot of destroyed building windows with Ben's Bells “Be kind” and “Sé amable,” plus other messages, painted on the boards covering them. Many businesses had paper signs like “THIS IS A LOCALLY OWNED TUCSON BUSINESS” on front — to encourage people not to break their windows, I imagine.

On the east side of Hotel Congress is a new mural by Tucson artist Camila Ibarra:

There were flowers and cards underneath (as always, you can click on the photo for a larger view):

KOLD News 13 has an interview with the artist, as well as some other art downtown, in their story Artists cover downtown in murals, messages for the Black Lives Matter movement. In the article Black Lives Matter mural project launches in Tucson amid protests, unrest, The Arizona Daily Star wrote that Camila Ibarra is an Arizona State University student studying civil engineering who was “distressed about the killing of George Floyd and the oppression of African Americans … ‘I really wanted to contribute to the cause and make a statement piece,’ the Tucsonan said.”

Across Congress Street, on the east side of the Rialto Theatre — where the murals have (until the pandemic) promoted shows at the Rialto — is another new mural:

Although the man and the (I think it's a) chimpanzee at the right, with “Mural by Joe Pagac.com” are there, they're only for to the Prince mural at the left. This mural is by Robbie Lee Harris:

The Star article I linked to earlier quotes Harris: “‘When you see a big art piece, you get lost in that moment,’ he said. ‘It hones you into whatever the message is. My idea is when someone turns the corner and sees the mural, they see that it portrays the innocence that the girl is wishing for. At the end of the day, I hope it triggers the conversation that needs to happen amongst everyone’.”

From my parking spot between Hotel Congress and the Rialto Theatre, I walked west along Congress to Church, then east along Broadway back to where I started. A lot of businesses had boarded-up windows… all of them had the Ben's Bells kindness sign and other words. Some, like the Rialto, had Ben's Bells on their intact windows. Here are photos along my walk:

Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress

Scented Leaf Tea House, 308 E. Congress

Playground Tucson, 278 E. Congress

Caffe Luce, 245 E. Congress

Supercuts, 254 E. Congress

Close-up of Arizona Ave. side of Supercuts, 254 E. Congress

Iguana Cafe, 210 E. Congress

Left side of Iguana Cafe, 210 E. Congress

Former Chicago Store, 130 E. Congress

Zen Rock, 121 E. Congress

Between Senae Thai Bistro and Jimmy John's, just west of Scott Ave.

The Aquadec, 61 E. Congress

Chic Boutique and Spa, 25 E. Congress

Krikawa Master Jewelers, 21 E. Congress

Bruegger's Bagels, 1 W. Congress

Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress

Subway, 29 W. Congress

Caffe Milano, 46 W. Congress

Community Partners, 44 W. Broadway

Penca Restaurante, 50 E. Broadway

Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, 135 S. 6th

Blackrose World Class Tattooers, 47 S. 6th

Flash in the Past, 43 S. 6th

Former Tucson 12, 124 E. Broadway

South side of Broadway, west of 5th Ave.

AC Marriott Hotel, Broadway side

AC Marriott Hotel, 5th Ave. side