Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Friday, January 27, 2023
Start of the dayThe day started early with lots of volunteers and staff setting up. Artist Yu Yu Shiratori painted outlines on the street for people to paint. I stopped by at 8:45 AM. That turned out to be too early to see many people painting, but it let me get some photos. (I'm really short on time today, so I'm not editing the photos to look their best.)
Mid-dayI wondered when the painting would be nearly finished, and I guessed 11:45 AM. The party wasn't over, but it was wrapping up.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The murals on the opposite side of the parking lot are changing. (In May, 2021, they used to be the first Living Mural.) I'm aiming to post an update on that wall in March or April.
Friday, January 20, 2023
… with four sides at odd angles, wedged between the north-south 6th Avenue and the northwest-southeast Toole Avenue. The murals are usually as eclectic as the building.
This blog's page Layers of murals: histories of a few walls lists the zillions of blog posts over the past ten-plus years where we've been showing photos of this beast. If you haven't seen many of the photos, I think you'd have fun browsing those posts. (After you click on a post, use your browser's "back" or left-arrow button to go back to where you started.)
Two months ago — November 18, 2022 — I took a walk around the building to show you the latest version of all the walls. (I skipped a couple of murals next to the parking lot on the northwest side because cars covered parts of the murals… I'll include links to earlier photos of those. Also on the northwest side, the longstanding Rialto Theatre marquee mural was about to be repainted by Jessica Gonzales… I'll show before-and-after photos of that.)
I put captions above a mural or group of murals so you can see the info as you scroll down. Here goes!
On the left end of the southwest-facing wall (along Toole) is a place that might be best-known as Skrappys (no apostrophe), a gathering place with concerts and etc. Now there's just “191 Toole”:
Next to the right is Studio ONE A Space for Art and Activism; click there for their Facebook page. It's been in this building for years. I believe they've painted at least some of the murals on the east wall of this building, which we'll see at the end of this tour: More posts, more Mark (more BLX!) has lots of the story and links that will take you to other murals. Here's the scene two months ago:
Instagram post from @luxx.arte on August 10, 2021, the mural at the right side of the next-to-last photo above — the one with the Arizona Wildcat — was painted by Luxxarte member @lucksalway_aho from True Descendants.
As you can see in the Google Maps satellite view at the start of this post, the northeast side of the building is behind railroad tracks. During November, it was harder to get close to the tracks — and take photos through the fence by the tracks — because construction for the Downtown Links road project made me walk around from 6th Street, then through a gate that was (luckily) open. Here's the view, then closeups from left to right:
A few bold underwater humans and alien fish (?). The white space in that post's first photo was replaced by a Danny Martin mural of Ted DeGrazia and a marquee that advertised upcoming shows at the Rialto Theatre: Rialto-style marquee on Toole goes all “Black Lives Matter”. Probably the most famous was Jackie Daytona mural in Tucson, Arizonia. In mid-December, 2022, Jessica Gonzales (and her new husband, I think) replaced everything to the right of Ted DeGrazia with a colorful new marquee mural, shown in this photo (thanks!) by BG Boyd Photography: the mural complete with its first Rialto Theatre listing to Instagram on December 16th. (Instagram may require you to log in.)
The mural is surrounded by a background that I'm guessing is a mural sponsorship for The Prime Leaf, a business with two locations listed at the top. Jessica didn't mention this in her Instagram post… if I find out more, I'll update this post. (If you know, please either submit a comment at the end of this post — you can be anonymous — or use the "Contact Us" form along the right edge of this page.)
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Although this is the Tucson Murals Project, once in a while I include murals from another place. Last time, I showed street art in one of the biggest cities in cental/southern Chile, Valdivia. If I'd realized then how much more spectacular the street art is in Valparaíso, I might have waited and only posted here. But if that was good, this is even better!
For a larger view of any mural, click/tap on it.
OverviewI'll start with an overview of Valpo (as locals call it), say a bit about what's behind graffiti, then show lots of photos — mostly, non-graffiti murals. There are plenty of spectacular non-graffiti murals! Unfortunately, I didn't have time to edit all 70 of these photos… so they're a bit rough.
The city is in a spectacular setting on the Pacific coast, with buildings along streets that climb steeply into hills. (A series of acensores — basically, outdoor elevators — save pedestrians a real workout getting where they're going.) But, like the other cities I've visited, businesses and homes are marred — or, if you prefer, decorated — by graffiti everywhere. Here's an example from the side of a hill overlooking the coast below:
|Although a lot of graffiti is a bunch of letters — for instance, the artist's name — there's much more behind it. I've known some of what's behind this kind of street art, but I learned more on a street art tour from Valpo Street Art Tours. That's how I started my weekend here. (That's their logo to the right. The heart you'd usually see has been replaced by a spray paint cap. 😎)|
#1: Muralismo (muralism) that we see in the Americas started in Mexico in the years of the Revolution (around 1920) with artists like Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros painting large murals on politics and people’s rights. (You can still see their work on public buildings all around Mexico.) Siqueiros came to Chile in the 1940s at the invitation of Pablo Neruda, a communist (and Nobel laureate in poetry) who wanted to spread the word in a big (literally!) way.
I don't have photos of any of the earliest murals.Here's a mural with communist themes… ironically, the mural is on what's now a popular restaurant, Gato en la Ventana:
#2: In Tucson, it used to be that murals wouldn't be tagged (written on with graffiti). But in the past decade or so, taggers have started to trash murals too. The guide said that, when a mural has been tagged, another artist will recognize the tagger and write TOY or TOYS over their tag. That means “Tag Over Your Sh*t”. (I found more info on the GraffitiHeart.org Glossary and graffiti.fandom.com.) Here's our guide pointing out an example:
History of Graffiti in Rome: from Pompeii to the Metro B (which is interesting reading about graffiti in general!) says that Britannica traces the word back to the Italian graffio, meaning “scratch.”
OK, enough of the lecture!
Murals about their locationA couple of blocks from my hotel was a hospital. Murals there were about — no surprise — medicine:
Un Kolor DistintoThis couple from Valparaíso have gone from painting simple graffiti — throw-ups, which are usually a few letters or a word in puffy “marshmallow” style, our guide said — to painting high-rise buildings. (Their story, on a web page from 2014 that I hope doesn't vanish, is UnKolorDistinto: Valparaiso’s Street Artists Sammy and Cynthia.) Here are a few of their works.
This mural starts from a plant at street level:
The bottom of the next mural surrounds a roll-up door which, luckily, was closed while I was there:
And the front of a store, from right to left:
Lots more photos!These are in no particular order. I'll add comments above a few of them:
The next mural shows a cat: “Juan Carlos 2013-2019.” It says “Sin liberación animal, no hay revolución social” (“Without animal liberation, there is no social revolution”):
The whole mural followed by a closeup of the left side: