Friday, December 31, 2021
The repainting got a lot of attention in the press from Tucsonans, and especially the neighborhood around this 200-yard-long mural. A number of the articles who first painted it 20 years ago came back: Pasqualina Azzarello, Adam Cooper-Terán, Matt Cotten, Paloma Jacqueline, yu yu shiratori, Serena Tang, and Gavin Troy. Pasqualina was the lead artist; she flew in from Massachusetts. The Arizona Daily Star section #ThisIsTucson tells some of the story in their December 21 article This Tucson mural was restored by its original artists 20 years after its creation. Pasqualina tells the story of the mural and more in a 34-minute-long podcast on KXCI community radio on December 22: Pasqualina Azzarello – Painter, Public Artist, Educator, and Community Advocate.
Painting wrapped up on Thursday, December 23. Donations from Tucsonans, and especially from the neighborhood around the mural, paid for high-quality paint that should last even longer than the amazing 20-year life of the previous paint. (West-facing murals tend to fade quickly in Tucson's strong summer sun.) The first plan was to recognize major donors with personalized stars on the mural; now donors will be thanked on placards that will be attached to the mural in the coming weeks.
Ten years after this blog started, we posted photos of the entire mural, from north to south, in Ten years of Tucson murals. (That post also includes a video of the whole thing.) The mural is painted on 16 sections of the long wall. Below are our 2016 photos followed by photos of the same sections — from the north end to the south — taken on Christmas, December 25. Our next post — January 4, 2022 — will show highlights of the mural before and after repainting. Parts of the mural have been simplified… I'm guessing that makes sense because there's no way just a few artists could re-paint every detail of the mural in two weeks!
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
If you're driving along West Ft. Lowell Rd. you can't miss this very large mural on the north side of the street. I took these photos on Nov. 23, 2021.
|By Ignacio Garcia|
|Fig-Eater Beetle on a watermelon|
|Monsoon in a Bottle|
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Friday, December 24, 2021
Here are some close-ups:
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
I chose 'Untitled' over 'Large Round Object'. Without knowing the intent of the artists I can only guess whether it's a sunrise or sunset or even a partial eclipse.
The mural was found and photographed on Nov. 23, 2021. It's located on E. 1st St. on the north wall of 1000 N. Park Ave.
|By Brady Fellows and Mike Cochiolo|
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Saturday, December 18, 2021
I hope to see you this afternoon!
Update (December 19, 2021): Quite a few people turned out yesterday to see the mural. Police blocked off the lane of Stone closest to the mural to give more space. Here are two photos: