Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Bookstore Southwest

Almost ten years ago, I showed a photo of the mural on Bookstore Southwest Adult Shop as part of the entry Five horses on Speedway. The wraparound murals deserve a closer look:

I stopped by on May 10th.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Butterfly Lady

By Sawaki and Wagon Burner Arts.  Photographed on Aug. 30, 2020.

The first photo below had to be taken at an angle due to the tight space and a chain-link fence.  The second photo is the result of perspective correction and cropping.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

197 East Toole all repainted (Murals being made, part 56)

The mural-covered building at the corner of Toole Avenue, 6th Avenue, and Alameda keeps changing and changing. That's especially true of the east side wall along 6th. (Here's a list of murals on that wall.)

Usually one or two murals are replaced at a time. This past summer, though, every mural was repainted or finished. (The muralists kept the image of Che Guevara from one of the murals and painted a new background around it.) Let's start with the latest murals (I think!) before the mass repainting, from left (January 2020) to right (December 2018):
I never saw the third mural in the first photo, of migrants, finished.

At the end of July, I noticed the murals being repainted. I came back on August 3rd:
Here's the fourth of eight murals at sunrise on August 4th:
Next, a screen grab from the video Desert Delirium - The Surreal Murals of Tucson, AZ, by Rob Allen. He recorded it on August 9th. The mural at the far end is being finished:

On August 15, the blue square had a sort of wildcat (a bit different from the U of A's Wildcat):
September 13th, I came back. The scaffolding was gone. There was a white square near the right end… maybe another mural is coming? Unfortunately, a car was parked in front. But I worked around it and took photos of everything except the white square:
This page from Corazones Unidos at Raices Taller 222 Gallery & Workshop will probably disappear when the exhibition ends: https://www.raicestaller222.com/copy-of-javier-valenzuela. So use the artist names:
Studio ONE Painted during the time of coronavirus, this mural was completed by our good friends, compadres, and comadres down the street at 197 E Toole Ave in Tucson: Studio ONE – A Space for Art and Activism. Participating Artists Paco Velez Anzueto, David Contreras, Chris Miller, Ses One, Crystal Triste, and assisted by Akasia Oberly and Vier Oner

Friday, October 16, 2020

"Safe Shift"

Painted by Sawaki, Sketch71 & James.  Sponsored by Wagon Burner Arts at 2801 E. Grant Rd. and viewed from N. Treat Ave.

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Photographed on Aug. 6, 2020.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Three landscapes in one mural

A high plains landscape, a fantastic dragon, and a coastline, all in this mural. I found it on May 29th.

Friday, October 09, 2020

KAVA

Found at 'The Kava Bar' and photographed on Aug. 30, 2020.   Kava is a root from the South Pacific that is ground and mixed with water. It makes a muscle-relaxing, antidepressant drink.  Its taste has been compared to a "bitter mud puddle".

Artist Not Known




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Friday, October 02, 2020

Around the corner at MSA Annex

Last time we saw Black Lives Matter murals on the west side of the Mercado San Agustin Annex. Here's a mural from the east end of the north side:
The artist's name is Yu Yu Shiratori. She titled her mural “Stillness.” For further info from the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition, read Stillness.

I was there on July 7th.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Goodbye Tucson Arts Brigade, TAB murals restored

A year or so ago, I saw a brief message from Executive Director Michael B. Schwartz of the Tucson Arts Brigade. Apparently TAB was shutting down, though I wasn't quite sure. I tried to find news online for a while but found nothing definite. Yesterday, David Aber found this post from Michael dated August 22, 2020:

What ever hapened to Tucson Arts Brigade?

I'm sorry to see TAB go. They did a lot of good.

In January 2016, Michael demanded that I remove all of the photos of TAB murals from this blog. (He later disputed that, but I have the message he sent.) Although I believe he can't control photos of public art that aren't taken for profit (see yesterday's blog entry, Photographing public art: is it allowed?, for some perspective), I did what he asked. Now I've restored the photos. If you'd like to revisit those blog entries, here they are. (After you visit each page, you can click your "back" button to return here.) While I'm at it, here are blog entries about TAB that came later. The photos were never removed from these entries: