Monday, November 22, 2010

Farewell, Print Well

Something about this humble image — a mural in the style of the store's front sign — caught my eye. I shot the picture back in August, but didn't post it until today. And now the Print Well store, formerly at 2310 E. Broadway, has moved to the back of the building. The sign on front is gone, and mural (and the tag) are covered with a fresh coat of white paint.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Exceptional elementary

Howell Elementary School has two mural-covered buildings near the corner of Longfellow & Holmes (just south of 5th Avenue). Classes weren't in session while I was there in May, and the gate was open:

The walls are covered with desert scenes of critters making music:

Above them all is the slogan "Opening Minds Through The Arts":

Monday, November 08, 2010

Down under (Speedway)

Mural-spotter extraordinaire Melo King sent photos of two longggg murals by the bus stops/underpasses along Speedway at the U of A. The first is over Olive, between Mountain and Euclid:

The second is over Highland, between Mountain and Cherry:

Update: As always, you can click on an image for a larger view. Use your browser's "Back" button to return. And you might want to try that on the last photo above. On February 16, 2011, while I was waiting for a bus at the stop next to the mural, I spotted some UFOs that weren't on Melo's original picture. Did the original muralist add them, or was it a clever tagger? I snapped the photo below...

Update (January 21, 2016): For more-detailed photos of the Olive mural more than five years later, see today's entry Over Olive again.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

(Not a) ratty mural

This fun mural fits the business as well as the building. It's at Desert Rat Truck Centers, 3705 S. Palo Verde:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Beautiful mural in a surprising spot

Melo King spotted this wild and gorgeous wraparound mural at 901 E. 12th Street, behind the Sonoran Plant Nursery — (which is behind the OfficeMax store on Broadway, just east of the Diamondback Bridge).

She took the second photo after asking permission to come inside the fence. The muralist was Martin Q. Chamanacux. What a great find!

Around the corner...

...from the huge mural on one side of the building, Paseo Redondo, east of Granada... is another wall with two murals that Melo photographed. First, at the right side of the wall, a continuation of the previous mural:

The rest of this wall has a big graffiti mural:

Thanks to Melo for the photos.

More from Melo

A week ago I mentioned Melodi King — also known as Melo. She's working on a map of downtown Tucson murals that could grow into a much bigger project. If it all works out, I'll let you know about it here!

In the meantime, she's been revisiting downtown mural sites and taking more photos. Here's a scene from Fourth Avenue: Creative Ventures at 522 N. 4th:

At left side, you can see part of Breakout Studios, 526 N. 4th. Earlier this year, I posted a photo of the mural on front of the then-vacant building. Now the building is neatly painted, but without the mural. Things change...

Update (September 28, 2012): Here are more photos.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Big Brothers Big Sisters needs a muralist... help this weather-beaten mural on the Toole Avenue side of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Angel Youth Center:

It's at the corner with Alameda. (The shadows are from early-morning light.)

Here's the same mural back in July, 2006.

Updates: On Saturday, June 25, 2011, Joe Pagac painted a new mural. The new mural is in our June 30 post.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Armory Park Center

Here's another of Melo King's photos: the front of the Armory Park Center on 5th Avenue.

Look up!

Melo King sent this photo of the top of one of the new buildings downtown. It's east of the Ronstadt Center, just north of the corner of Arizona Avenue and Congress:

Bicycles on stage

My May 2009 post Murals past and present showed murals on both sides of the outdoor stage at Winsett Park, 316 N. 4th. Melo King noticed that I hadn't shown the mural behind the stage itself. Here's her photo:

Country in the city, part 2

Last year's post Country in the city showed the mural on the south side of the Tucson Yoga building at 12th Street and 4th Avenue. For some reason, I didn't include the mural on the east side of that same building. Here's part of it — and parts of two bicycle-parking loops:

The photo is from Melodi King (better known as Melo). She's building a clickable map of Tucson murals. I'll post more of her photos next. Thanks, Melo!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Next along the block...

...from the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Garden murals is this mural in the neighborhood playground, a bit north of 11th Avenue & University. It's too long for one photo, but here are the center and right sections:

Monday, October 04, 2010

Creative Costumes...

...has this mural on their front wall, so you'll only catch a glance as you drive by. Instead, pull in at 4220 East Speedway and have a closer look.

(Another way to get closer is by clicking on the photo. To return to the blog, use your browser's "Back" button.)

Fish and feet

Here's an unusual mural. It's at Speedway Veterinary Hospital, 3736 East Speedway. (The dark part at the right side is a tree's shadow.)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hidden but worth the trip

If anyone in Tucson should know that you can find murals anywhere, I should. So, last May, as I was driving along East Pinal Vista after a visit to Utterback Middle School, I looked in the vacant lot south of me and saw...

...this mural. All I had was my cell phone camera, which couldn't shoot a photo wide enough to capture the whole scene. Next time!

The mural is on the opposite side of a wall behind the homes along Sunland Vista, just south of the corner with East Pinal Vista. (The homes along Sunland Vista are behind the mural. To find the mural, drive west along Pinal Vista, pass Sunland Vista, and, a few seconds later, as you see the vacant lot on your left, you'll spot the mural on the wall. Here's a satellite view. The spot where I took the photo is near the marker, on one of the roads through the vacant lot. If you can think of a better way to describe it, please let me know!)

Update (December 20, 2013): This may be one of the murals to be painted over; today's post has more information.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Welcome to Fourth Avenue!

Here are both sides of the mural on 4th Avenue at 7th Street. The merchants (and the tagger, I guess) welcome you to one of Tucson's most interesting streets for shopping... and for murals.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Garden murals...

...or mural garden? These photos are from University, just west of 11th, the Organic Community Garden and Mini-Nature Park, in the art-filled Dunbar/Spring neighborhood. I took them in May:

There are more murals — and more to see, too — in this part of the block. Next north on 11th, for instance, is the mural in the neighborhood playground.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Arizona Ave. from the archive

Tucson has so many murals (and I enjoy riding my bike so much) that I have a lot more mural photos than I have time to post. This week, here are two shots from May — on Arizona Avenue, just south of Congress. The murals — or the tags :( — may have changed in four months, so head for this alleyway and check for yourself!