Monday, September 28, 2015

Underwater murals at Jesse Owens Park

The camera data in these photos says that they were taken around 6:45 AM on June 30th. If that's right, it seems that David Aber is an early riser.

Thanks much!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

More change (as usual) on Toole: #3 of 3

Here's a third entry about new art along the northeast side of Toole Avenue. The previous entry showed a five-panel row of Tucson scenes. A little farther northwest is another one:

Close-ups, from left to right:

I took the photos on September 15th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More change (as usual) on Toole: #2 of 3

Friday I saw a new mural and sign along Toole Avenue just northwest of the corner of 6th Avenue and Alameda.

Both panels have been repainted with Tucson scenes. These look more permanent to me than the earlier works (though, on Toole, you never know...). Here's the panel closest to 191 E. Toole:

Next to the Warehouse Arts District sign is one of two sets of mural panels. The panels have been repainted over and over; here are links to photos of both sets of panels over the past few years. (You can use your browser's “back” button to come back here after seeing each one.)

Next time, a look at the other panel.

Friday, September 18, 2015

More change (as usual) on Toole: #1 of 3

If there's one thing you can count on about the street art along Toole Avenue downtown, it's that the art is always changing. Another thing you could count on — until a month or two ago, anyway — is that the art was usually eclectic.

Let's start with the north side of the building at 191. For years, it had a mural of Tucson scenes: Train, trolley, and a three-eyed alien. This spring, most of the mural was whitewashed — except the edges of the right side (which you can see at the second photo in the post linked above). Three days ago, I photographed a new mural, wrapped by a bit of the old one, at the right side of the wall:

Not far from the mural is a new sign, dedicated on July 31st. It's by artist/supervisor Amy Novelli with metal fabrication and construction design by Jason LaFleur. There were also ten youth artists.

To the left of the sign are ten painted panels with new scenes. I'll show them next week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mark Fleming revisits Jorge's Tire Shop

In 2012, I made a couple of visits to the corner of 10th Avenue and 32nd Street. You can see those photos in the entry Jorge's Tire Shop. Mark Fleming stopped by on June 8th of this year and sent these closeups of the north wall:

Much appreciated as always, Mark!

Monday, September 07, 2015

10th at 27th revisited

Not long after this blog started, we posted photos of murals along South 10th Avenue just as it entered South Tucson from the north. In June, Mark Fleming revisited one of the murals — the fantastic one around the power substation at 10th Avenue & 27th Street. Some of the mural has been trashed by taggers, but overall it looks pretty much the same — more than seven years later.

The Tucson Citizen article (by Charlotte Lowe), quoted in that original article, said: “Perhaps South 10th Avenue, which becomes Main Avenue as it approaches downtown, should be renamed Art Avenue. Or maybe Avenida de las Artes."

Thanks, Mark!

Friday, September 04, 2015

Mural-covered Soviet bus stops

A Wednesday article in the Guardian, the British newspaper, showed photos of amazingly-designed bus stops in countries of the former Soviet Union. From time to time, I like to show murals outside of Tucson... if this sounds intriguing, check them out:
Next stop, Siberia! The strange and beautiful world of Soviet bus stops – in pictures

Monday, August 31, 2015

Just up Stone, something completely different

Last time, we showed a fantasy Tucson scene in the 2700 block of North Stone. Now let's head three blocks north, to the 3000 block. Both sides of Head Hunters Smoke Shop have fantastic murals.

Here are two shots of the north-side mural. The first one shows the part closer to the street. I shot the right-hand part with my cell phone's digital zoom, so the quality isn't as good:

The south-side mural is, again, different. First, the west side and some of the south side:

All of the south side:

And details of the south side:

The north-side photos are from July 14. I took the south-side photos July 29th.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"A" Mountain, Paul Bunyan, a flying VW bus, ...

This mural must have a story behind it... but the high fence topped by three strands of barbed wire, and the guard dogs behind it, made me decide not to try to find out. The building doesn't seem to have a number, though Google Maps told me 2735 North Stone when I clicked on the building. It's the next building south of Tommy's Food and Drink, which is at 2747... I pulled into their parking lot on April 12th to take this photo:

The mural is full of Tucson icons, as well as (mostly) old Volkswagen cars and "buses" (the classic VW camper wagons). (Click on the photo for a larger view and have a look for yourself.)

All of the VWs in the mural reminded me that the business across the street, and just north — at the southeast corner of Glenn & Stone — used to be called Uncle Bob's VW Repair. (Then it was Uncle Bob's Used Cars.) Is there a connection? Hmmm. (Our photos of the murals on that corner are on August 18, 2008... March 11, 2010... and May 3, 2012.) I'll aim to stop by the office at Uncle Bob's and ask.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Murals wrapped around books (in Oracle)

Although we usually cover murals in Tucson, I spotted an extraordinary wrap-around mural — actually, two murals — when I was in Oracle April 12th for their annual Artist Studio Tour. The bigger mural wraps around much of the parking lot, and the smaller one stretches around part of the front of the building.

By the way, the town's website has a library page explaining that the library is staffed completely by volunteers! If you know more about this, or know how the murals were funded, please leave a comment at the end of this post.

Here's the main mural, from left to right:

And the mural on the front side of the building, left to right: