Friday, May 31, 2024

Mmmm food and mmmurals

On August 11, 2021, a new eegee's location opened way out Valencia Road, near Cardinal Avenue — far enough that the area is called Drexel Heights, not Tucson. (It's just west of the car wash in our previous post, Wash and watch.) Jessica Gonzales painted the column supports along the outdoor dining room (which was a first for eegee's, KOLD News 13 wrote). The front of the store is along the south (left) and east (right) walls:
Next, both sides of the column supports — and a couple of close-ups:

(The first closeup shows a customer dipping a spoon into the landscape, next to some saguaros. Yum.)

When I was there on February 6, 2024, the column supports along the drive-thru hadn't been painted:

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Wash and watch

From the southeast end, this carwash doesn't look very special:
The center of the wash bays has a fun mural:
And once you're at the west end, it's a different story:
The area behind the wash bays is lined with murals. (There are so many photos that I haven't done my usual careful editing to straighten, fix color, etc. Sorry about that.) These photos run along the wall from the west end to the east:


I stopped by to watch (but not to wash) on February 6, 2024.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Better Together

On the north wall of Gym Two Forty Four, next to the Memorial mural for Samantha Silverman, is a newer mural by Hannah Eddy. She posted it to her Instagram @hannaheddyart on January 23, 2024. I was there on January 29th.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Mushroom mural

A building along Speedway just west of Columbus has several businesses. On the west wall — which is also the side of Gentlemen's Lounge — is a mural that had been started when I got there on January 23, 2024. There were lots of mushrooms in what I think is a forest. There was also a memorial mural in the alley behind. I came back on May 7; nothing seemed to have changed. Here's an overall view on January 23:
At the right of the big mural, you can see part of the memorial mural. I'll show it at the end of this post. First, closeups of the big mural from left to right:


This memorial mural for Cuco Garcia is in the alley behind the big mural, on the southwest corner of the Gold & Silver Exchange, 4250 E. Speedway:

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Murals from a mile away

Our previous post, Time Machine 1865-2014, was at a building labeled Safford Engineering / Technology Middle School, Building 1. Just west of there is a huge lawn in front of an older building called Safford K-8 Community School. The building has two murals. The big lawn between there and 13th Street wasn't a problem because I had my point-and-shoot camera with a 40x optical zoom lens. These photos are from 13th Street:

I was there on January 29, 2024.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Time Machine 1865-2014

Here's a mural on the wall at the west end, north side, of Safford Engineering / Technology Middle School, Building 1. It looks like the time machine may have taken what I think is the school mascot, a husky?, from 2014 back to 1865:
I time-jumped from today back to January 29, 2024😎to take this photo.

Next time we'll see a mural on the building next door.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Congress mural parade 3 of 3: 1002 W. Congress

Our last two posts (Congress mural parade 1 of 3: 910 W. Congress and Congress mural parade 2 of 3: 914 W. Congress) show murals on the southeast corner of Congress and Grande. The mural near the northeast corner is in our August 14, 2020 post "The Triumph of the Human Spirit". Today, the northwest corner: mural-covered Ashtanga Yoga, Latin restaurant La Chaiteria and plant-based kitchen tumerico.

We've already shown this half of the building in three posts: Not much has changed. Here's the south side, along Congress, on May 5, 2024:
The east side, along Grande, has changed since our previous post. Now, a sign for La Chaiteria and tumerico stretch along the top of the wall above the murals:
(I was there early in the morning on May 5. I couldn't avoid the sun glare.)

Back on January 13, 2024, I stopped in at La Chaiteria and tumerico. Though we usually don't show murals indoors in restaurants and other places that aren't free to the public, I'll ignore our guideline for these:

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Congress mural parade 2 of 3: 914 W. Congress

At the southeast corner of Grande and Congress, a couple of blocks west of Mercado San Agustin, is Menlo Home & Garden. (It's not Menlo Home Goods, which we saw last time in Part 1 of 3.) The west wall is covered with a mural of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Let's start with the mural in 2007 — from our December 31, 2007 post Virgin Videos?
Now to May 5, 2024:


This place is very much alive. Here's the same spot at sunset on January 13, 2024:
As you'll see below, in the series of photos from Google Maps Street View, the area shown above used to be closed. Also, the mural was tagged (!?!) in May 2018 or before and had been restored by April 2019:

January 2008

June 2011

May 2018: mural tagged

April 2019: mural restored

Next time, we'll cross the intersection to La Chaiteria, tumerico and Ashtanga Yoga.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Congress mural parade 1 of 3: 910 W. Congress

The intersection of Congress and Grande — a couple of blocks west of Mercado San Agustin — has murals on three of its corners. We'll see two of the corners in posts this week; the third/northeast corner has The Triumph of the Human Spirit at 941 W. Congress.

Both of the buildings at the southeast corner have a history of murals. This time, let's look at the former hardware store at 910 W. Congress. Now it's Menlo Home Goods. Our post dated September 13, 2022 — Parade of murals on 910 West Congress — shows a series of photos from October 2013 to April 2022. Today, we'll take a closer look at the mural painted sometime between February 2021 and April 2022:


The third photo (with OILCLOTH KITCHEN in the middle) is from May 5, 2024. I took the rest on January 13, 2024.

In the next post, we'll head next door to 914 W. Congress.