Tuesday, May 31, 2022
I was there on April 3rd, a mural-hunting trip along South 12th.
Friday, May 27, 2022
…the capital of our neighbor to the south — Hermosillo, Sonora — may be hotter. The thermometer that's blowing its top is part of a mural along Calle Pino Suárez.
Like most of the rest of the world, Mexico uses temperatures in Celsius. A temperature of 20C is 68F. A temperature of 66C, as this thermometer showed before it blew its top, is 150F. Hmmm.
The thermometer is at the left edge of the city map mural below.
I was there on March 29th when the temperature was only 27C. (I don't know what it will be today, but I'm glad I'm in “cool” Tucson now!)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
I asked a friend about that. He said it's a deer dancer (in the Yaqui language, maso). I searched online and found that the deer dance is part of the culture in Sonora and Arizona. In case you're interested, here's some of what I found:
- Images of maso "deer dancer" from DuckDuckGo (a privacy-oriented search engine)
- A Wikipedia page titled Yaqui music that covers the dance in Wikipedia's usual amount of detail
- A page from Encyclopedia Britannica with the first section titled “maso dance: Native American dance”
- A page from the Pascua Yaqui tribe called Ceremonies of the Yaqui with a section titled “The Mazo Kova Pahko (Deer Head) Ceremony” (maybe Mazo is the same as maso?)
I found this sculpture in a shopping area of Hermosillo, Sonora in March 2022.
About the rattles, the Britannica page above says: “In addition to container rattles, Native Americans make rattles from small objects strung together in clusters; these objects include deer hooves, seashells, seeds, seed pods, nuts, fruit pits, …”
Monday, May 23, 2022
Rock “Cyfi” Martinez travels the world painting murals. He started out in Tucson, years ago, writing illegal graffiti. I just found this 2018 article from the Arizona Daily Star: How Tucson artist Rock Martinez evolved from tagger to muralist
It reminded me of another article I saw years ago. I found it, too, from 2008: Local graffiti artist Cyfi has turned his hobby into a career
In between, Cyfi organized the WintaFresh urban art weekend. It drew artists from all over the US. You can see some of the art over the years in the 1240 North Stone section of this blog's page Layers of murals: histories of a few walls.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
The Arizona Daily Star has more: Photos: The Tucson Music Hall renamed for Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Linda Ronstadt
If you're a Star subscriber, you can read this story of Cyfi and the mural and see even more photos: Tucson muralist found inspiration from Linda Ronstadt's story
I'm hoping to get a chance to take a photo myself. If I do, I'll update this.
Friday, May 13, 2022
Ruthette Kennedy sent another photo of the mural as well as this closeup of the artist's signature and website:
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Friday, May 06, 2022
I'll keep an eye out for the mural to be repaired or replaced.