Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Joe Pagac paints his old neighborhood (Murals being made, part 65)

Joe Pagac grew up in the neighborhood right across the street from Himmel Park. So he was excited to paint a mural on the swimming pool there. He finished it earlier this summer. I took that photo of the finished mural on July 26th. (As always, you can click on the photo for a larger view.)

Thanks to BG Boyd Photo for these photos of the mural taking shape:
Here are the other photos I took on July 26th, from the left (north) end to the right (south):

Monday, August 30, 2021

Muralists on Murals: Alfonso Chavez

Arizona Illustrated, from AZPM (Arizona Public Media), published this video on YouTube February 7, 2021: “Muralist and community organizer Alfonso Chavez shares his three favorite murals in Tucson. They come from different eras and have different styles but all tell stories that challenge the dominant cultural narrative.”

If you can't see the video above or would like a link, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edxte71QBWw

Friday, August 27, 2021

Benjamin Franklin

North wall of Frey Financial by David Aber. Look closely as there are many subtle details.

By Ignacio Garcia

I visited the mural on February 25th and took several photos — including these two close-ups:

Click on any photo for larger and sharper images.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Posts updated to include aerial photos

In the last month or two, there've been a number of posts with photos — mostly aerial — from BG Boyd Photo, a specialist in drone photography. I've also updated posts that already were on the blog which didn't have aerial photos. Below is a list of those updated posts. Click on the title to see that post. After you've looked at a post, you can use your "back" arrow to come back here. (And thanks to Max Pixel for the drone photo.) Thanks once more to BG for all of these great photos!

Friday, August 20, 2021

La Esquina

The mural on the north wall of Taqueria La Esquina is based on the Mexican holiday "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead).

Artistry by Wagon Burner Arts  

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Public art from TABY coming to South 12th

TABY — Transportation Art by Youth — is a summer project along South 12th Avenue. Youth artists have created public art that you'll see between Irvington and Drexel Roads.
Although these aren't strictly “murals,” I thought you'd enjoy them anyway. :) (If you haven't spent much time in South Tucson: There's a lot of art — murals and more — to be seen.) Here's an introduction to each of the artists and their work: https://artsfoundtucson.org/meet-the-2021-taby-youth-artists/

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Another painted intersection: 8th Avenue & 25th Street

A week ago, we showed a painted intersection in South Tucson: 8th Ave. & 36th St. There's another one 11 blocks north, at 25th Street, on the northwest corner of Ochoa Elementary. Here's the view from the south and a couple of close-ups:
Only two of the four corners are painted. This is the northeast corner:
Next, the southwest corner — with the school in the background. There's also a close-up of the footprints that lead to (I'm guessing) the school mascot:

I stopped by on July 23rd.

Update (August 18, 2021): KGUN9 TV aired a story about muralist Mel Melo Dominguez:

Here's a link to the story in its own window: South Tucson muralist paints the pride of his community.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Rock "Cyfi" Martinez in Minneapolis

Cyfi is in the Twin Cities these days. He posted this mural from uptown Minneapolis to Instagram on Thursday the 12th. It's 15 x 15 feet, a portrait of "mi amor @brandikoleart", part of the Lyn Lake Street Art Series Annual Mural Festival @lynlakestreetartseries.

Friday, August 13, 2021


In addition to its meaning as a marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function, Metamorphosis is the name of the CBD, Vape and Smoke Shop where this mural was found.

Artist not known.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

8th Avenue & 36th Street from above

BG Boyd Photo specializes in aerial photos taken from a drone. This painted intersection by Mel Melo Dominguez, near Mission View Elementary in South Tucson, is a perfect candidate:
The fourth corner is covered by a tree. Here's a shot I took from ground level on July 23rd:

Friday, August 06, 2021

City of Gastronomy

Tucson was the first city in the US named as a World City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This mural was found on the east wall of Zio Peppe, a restaurant serving pizza and pasta.

By Ashley White

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Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Both sides of this mural magnet on Toole

The building that spans the addresses 191-197 E. Toole in downtown Tucson has had many different murals over the years… you can see a number of them by clicking the links in our page “Layers of murals: histories of a few walls.”: Northwest side of 191 East Toole and East side of 197 East Toole. BG Boyd took photos of both ends — 191 and 197 — at the end of May, 2021. Here are his photos of 191, then 197:
The second photo is a panorama, stitched together from several shots. (As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view.) We'll see more of his photos one week from today.