Monday, August 30, 2010

How'd we miss this?

I use the table of murals to keep track of the more than 250 murals on this blog. (It's gotten so long that it's a bit confusing, but it still helps when I want to know whether a mural at a particular place is on the blog — and for you, I hope, when you want to know what murals are in an area.) Anyway, thousands of people walk and ride past this mural, at the corner of Broadway & Church, every day, but it wasn't on this blog... until now.

Update (October 1, 2014): Here's an article from the Tucson Citizen archive — May 30, 2008 — about the dedication of the mural: New downtown mural dedicated Friday.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New woman, same spider

The last two weeks' posts have covered murals around Fourth Avenue — and changes in murals at the Tucson Museum of Art. This week, here's more on both of those themes.

First, Fourth Avenue. Back on May 17th, as I was headed for the finish of that week's Meet Me at Maynard's walk, I spotted this mural at Sacred Art and Piercing Studios, 315 N. 4th:

Last week, as I rode my bike along Fourth Avenue, I noticed that the mural had changed... or, at least, I thought it had. The spider looked the same, but the woman had changed... or had she? I snapped a photo and checked it against my backlog of mural photos when I got home. Sure enough:

Things change... murals do, too.

And that leads to the story of the murals painted by students at TMA's Museum School for the Visual Arts, covered here in our August 9th post. Two days ago — on Friday, only a week after I'd posted that story — I heard that a tagger had ruined the murals, and that the murals and the tags had just been erased. More students will get a chance for fame outside their school... but let's hope that thay'll have longer than these muralists were given before a tagger trashed their hard work. Here's a photo of the spot where the murals were: the (newly) red wall in the middle of the shot. Keep your eye on this wall!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Found around Fourth Ave. #3

What reason would United Fire Equipment Company have to hire a muralist to put a huge work like this in a storage area behind two fences and razor wire? (Maybe there used to be a different company or setup?) It's on the northeast corner of 7th St. & Arizona Ave. — though I took the photo from the corner of 7th Street & 5th Avenue. (To get this shot, I needed the maximum zoom setting on my little point-and-shoot camera.) When you go mural-hunting, bring your binoculars...

Found around Fourth Ave. #2

A block west of 4th Avenue, just north of 8th Street on Herbert (an alley), I spotted this painting on the back wall of a building, facing a trash bin.

Why would an artist put something this interesting in a spot where people have to track it down? I don't know... but it's one of the things that makes murals interesting to me.

Update, January 22, 2011: The mural is gone — behind one of the many new-looking rectangular patches of paint on the alley walls.

Found around Fourth Ave. #1

Fourth Avenue (the section between downtown and the U of A, that is) has so many murals that I'm always spotting something new. This mural has been at 526 N. 4th for a while, I guess — the store opened and closed before I caught this early-morning photo:

(Update: By October, the mural was gone. You can read more here.)

Update (January 15, 2015): BreakOut Studios has a new mural on the north side of their new location.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Murals at the moment

Last week's post showed a mural with a pretty certain time limit: until Dave Ewoldt is elected (or not) — or maybe, if he gets into the Senate, until he finishes that job. We'll see!

In the meantime, in this 250th post on the Tucson Murals Project, here are a couple of murals in transition. They're views while the murals were being painted, back in May, and the finished views in July. The artists were students in the Tucson Museum of Art's Museum School for the Visual Arts (which is having an open house on August 12, by the way).

Here's the south side, during and after:

And, next, the north side during and after:

Monday, August 02, 2010

Mural for the moment

Many murals are painted to be in the same spot for years. Others stay up for a few weeks or months. This one, for Arizona State Senate candidate Dave Ewoldt, is the second kind, I think — there until the election.

Painted in July, it's at the corner of Grant and Forgeus.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pretty on a porch

Just off Fourth Avenue (a great place for mural lovers to wander, by the way) is this home at 334 E. 5th Street:

Besides making your porch a more pleasant place to sit, isn't a mural a great gift to give to passersby? You'll find more of the murals that grace Tucson homes as you browse through this blog.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Last (and least?) on Pima

The last of five murals in the blocks of Pima west of Craycroft is on the side of a tiny building at 5214 E. Pima, Southwest Desert Dogs:

The shadows are from early-morning light.

Maybe a mural, part 8

Another piece of wall art that might not be a "mural" are the painted doors that line this building along the south side of the street at 5316 E. Pima, Kids First Preschool & Child Care:

Does a floor-to-ceiling piece of glass count as a "wall"? (And hey, what's with the yellow door saying "rain rain go away?" :) Please remember that you can click any image for a larger view and use your browser's "back" button to come back.

Maybe a mural, part 7

In April and May, I posted a series of photos of wall art that might or might not be a mural, depending on your definition of "mural." (The last post was number six.)

Here's the wall in front of Little Angels Day Care, at 4826 E. Pima:

It's basically some angel figures on top of a desert-looking background. Mural or not? What do you think?

Sunflower families

A block west of the mural at Charlie's are these two families of smiling sunflowers. They're along the parking lot at The Parent Connection, 5326 E. Pima.

Plenty on Pima

Pima Street, in the blocks west of Craycroft, is a good place to spot murals. Here's the first of them: at Charlie's Drive-in Liquors, 5451 E. Pima:

The deep colors and the shadows are from early-morning light.

Monday, July 12, 2010

J.P. again

Joe Pagac, that is. Actually, I'm in Tucson for a couple of weeks, too. So I'll post photos I took this morning instead of (as I've been doing) photos I took earlier this year.

As you may have seen in earlier posts, this muralist paints new work on the side of the Rialto Theatre. (You can find them by typing Joe Pagac into the search box in the right column.) He also paints murals on the east wall of the Bookmans location on Grant near Campbell.

Now Joe is signing his murals “Joe Pagac .com” and there are photos of his murals on his website. Since I can hardly keep up with all of his new work, from now on you might just want to check his website for the latest. Here's one more batch of photos, though… first, close-ups at the Rialto (the shadows are from early-morning light):

and at Bookmans (remember, you can click on any image for a larger view; use your browser's "back" button to come back):

Monday, July 05, 2010

Flying pizza

This scene is on the side of the Magpies Pizza building, along 5th Street at 4th Avenue. (There's more farther along the wall, at the west end... but I'll let you find that on your own. Fourth Avenue is a great place to see murals.)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mural streets in San Francisco

A year ago, while Randy was in Iraq, he posted photos of murals in Baghdad. Although this blog focuses on Tucson murals, I agree that it's good to have some variety once in a while!

I'm in the San Francisco area this summer. The City's Mission District is absolutely packed with murals... especially on the mural streets like Balmy:

Residents here contribute by, for instance, decorating their windows to fit with the murals on the walls outside.

(By the way, one great place to see more details of the Bay Area is Naomi Pitcairn's Citi Wallz. She's a website client of mine. Still, if you're into urban art, I think you'll agree that her photos are outstanding.)

Balmy Street drew a steady stream of tourists and local visitors while I was there. Tucson could do more of the same...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

What It's All About

The Tucson Murals Project is all about beautifying Tucson and encouraging tourism, so we'd like to tell you about another blog that is doing the same thing, but in a different way. The Urban Peach blog describes itself this way: "Our speciality is in the restoration and development of some of the town's historic buildings to fit modern surroundings, while maintaining their original ambience." We've also added a link to Karen's Urban Peach blog in the column on the right. When it's about beautifying Tucson, the Tucson Murals Project is always excited to hear about it. Randy Garsee

Monday, June 07, 2010

Mighty mural at 6th & Perry

This mural covers the west side of the Steinfeld warehouse along the little piece of Perry Avenue, just south of 6th Street. (The actual address is 101 W. 6th.) I took this shot near sunset; that's the shadow of a tree at the bottom.

Update (October 30, 2014): You can see more photos on today's entry Steinfeld Warehouse revisited (and re-energized).