Friday, September 29, 2017

Mena repaints Roskruge mural (our 1,300th post)

This blog started on July 12, 2006. This is the 1300th entry since then… most are murals,but some are news and announcements. We have plenty more murals waiting to go online… please stay tuned!

Long-time Tucson artist Luis Mena has been here much longer than the blog! He's still painting murals — as well as sculpting and other work, he told me recently. One of his latest projects was restoring his mural on the back wall of the Roskruge Elementary and Bilingual Middle School auditorium stage. It's one of at least two murals he's painted in the school over the years. You can see them by clicking through the list below.

The top mural in the first page below is the auditorium stage mural during October, 2016, as restoration started. See the blank white band running down from the woman's dress? If I remember correctly: Some kind of internet equipment was hung there; it was moved to a side of the stage. There was more to do, too.

Below are the five blog entries showing murals at Roskruge before he started repainting. (Most of the artists were painted by other artists.) You can come back here by clicking your browser's “Back” (or <—) button.

Note that murals are not open to the public without permission. Check in at the office: Come in the north entrance, then turn left at the top of the double stairway inside.
After Mena told me that he'd be repairing the mural, I stopped by on June 21st, 2017. He suggested I stand on a ladder for a better view over the raised auditorium stage. Here's my first photo:

I'm not sure if he'd done much work by this point; the mural looked pretty much the same as in David's photo posted on January 9th.

Mena showed me some of his plans. Here's the stripe that I mentioned:

Next, two closeups of the bottom left. Roskruge's school mascot is a puma, and there's one in the first photo below… though I'd guess it's not always shown with its skeleton inside:




The woman dancing is Mena's daughter. Here he's working from a photograph of her.


Above, on a podium, is the Mayan plaque he'll add to the mural. To the left, he's holding the plaque in the place it'll go.
I came back on August 10th, when (I think) he was basically finished. First, here's the photo David Aber took; then, a photo I took in August:

(If you'd like to compare larger versions of the photos: Click on one of them, then click on the thumbnails at the bottom of the slideshow window that opens.)

You can see that he's fixed the white stripe next to his daughter. The plaque is near the top right corner. There are probably some smaller changes that I didn't notice. (And the two hanging decorations in front of the mural have been taken down sometime since October of last year.)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Miss Muffet's Tuffets II (maybe a mural part 80)

Miss Muffet, better known as Mary Lucking, in collaboration with Dwayne Arnspiger made cast-concrete tuffets that form the bases for eight different ceramic tile mosaics.  They placed them along the Arroyo Chico Greenway in 2013 where I found them on Aug. 10, 2017.  I posted four on Sept. 15.  Here are the rest:



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Miss Muffet's Tuffets I (maybe a mural part 79)

Miss Muffet, better known as Mary Lucking, in collaboration with Dwayne Arnspiger made cast-concrete tuffets that form the bases for eight different ceramic tile mosaics.  They placed them along the Arroyo Chico Greenway in 2013 where I found them on Aug. 10, 2017.  Here are four for now.  I will post the rest in a week or so.





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I had to take two of the photos from a side angle to keep my shadow off the mosaic.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Dots and dashes outside TMA

When I spotted this wall on October 26, 2016, it was a fairly new design. (I don't have many photos of the different designs here over the years. Some from November 26, 2015 are in Banda Calaca murals. Others from August 9, 2010 are in Murals at the moment.) The wall is located between the Education Building and the main entrance:

Update (October 20, 2017): Today, the walls are blank… ready for more murals?

Friday, September 01, 2017

Crossroads Selfie (maybe a mural part 78)

Here are two murals (you can call them posters if you like) that I found outside the entrance to the Crossroads Restaurant on June 26, 2017.  The artist is Miguel but I wasn't able to find any further info.  You are supposed to place your face in the opening while someone takes your picture.

Child Size
Adult Size
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The Restaurant also appeared in the Tucson Murals Project on Oct. 31, 2012. Cross Roads restaurant.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Long Journey Home

Between 2006 and 2008 Pima County exhumed an estimated 1300 bodies from a downtown cemetery that was in use from 1862 to 1875.  Nearly 1200 of those remains were re-interred at the All Faiths Cemetery.  Four tile memorial murals were created using photographs from the 1860s and 1870s.  Apparently, the photos had deteriorated with age.

The first photo below is a sign at the entrance to the Memorial that gives more of an explanation than you see in the preceding paragraph.  Hopefully you will be able to read the sign once you click on it for a larger image.  If not, you may have to use your browser for further enlarging.


The sign at lower right reads "E J Smith Undertaker"



The photos are from Aug. 2, 2017 and you may click on any one for a slide show of larger images.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Doggies On The Wall

The original mural at the Transformation Pet Center appeared in The Tucson Murals Project on Sept. 15, 2008. See Meow Mural with Mutt Motif. The mural has since been re-done and there's no longer a meow. This photo is from Aug. 2, 2017:

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Update (February 25, 2021): Here are two closeups that Jerry Peek took today:

Monday, August 14, 2017

2009 Bookmans mural of a dragonslayer

This mural is on the Throwback Thursday page of the Tucson Daily Photo blog:

Dragon was slain!

I haven't gotten permission yet to show the photo. If I do, I'll add it here. Otherwise, just click on that link to see the blog page with the photo.

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Carmelin Castro Ítom Usím Children's Park" (revisited)

The park is in the City of South Tucson along the Julian Wash beginning at S. 10th Ave. & W. 40th St.  It extends from S. 10th Ave. to S. 12th Ave.  It's a great place to take the kids.  It has a nice playground and plenty of places for the family to have a picnic or just sit and relax.

Images from the park were originally posted to the Tucson Murals Project on 12/02/2011.  There's so much more to add that I've decided to start over and show all of the murals in the park. Here are the photos I took on July 20, 2017:

Welcome
South wall of small structure.
North wall
West wall
East wall
Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.

Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.
Stand alone mosaic.
Marker along the bike path.
Marker along the bike path
Marker along the bike path
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Unfortunately, I couldn't find the names of any of the artists.

I also tried to find a translation of Ítom Usím.  I couldn't find any matches in Yaqui, Pima or O'odham.  It might be a proper name.

Friday, August 04, 2017

"Pie Allen"

By Catherine Eyde, 2013.
Found in the Pie Allen Neighborhood on E. 8th St. between N. Tyndall Ave. & N. Park Ave.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

"Serape Sunrise"

Rock "CYFI" Martinez and Fernando Leon have recently completed a mural on the north wall of the Desert Suds Car Wash.  It includes Our Lady of Guadalupe, a UFO and a 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible.

The south wall of the car wash has a Luis Mena mural.  See Classic Car 
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Maybe a mural, part 77

Another Dunbar/Springs Roundabout.  This one is at the intersection of W. University Blvd. and N. 11th Ave. The artists are Zach Lihatsh and Troy Neiman.  The north and south sides of the column are devoted to the history of the neighborhood.  The east and west sides depict some of the people who made that history.
North Side
South Side
East Side
West Side
All of the photos had to be taken at an angle.  The black and yellow traffic warnings block a direct view.

I encourage you to click on any photo for a slide show of larger and sharper images.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Maybe a mural, part 76

Roundabout at N. 9th Ave. & W. 5th St.

Mary Lucking was commissioned by the Tucson/Pima Arts Council in 2003 to create artwork for three Roundabouts in the Dunbar/Springs Neighborhood.  This is the third of the three.

Mary has used her art to tell the story of the neighborhood.  Mary also filled the center with desert plants.   Here are the results:
North Side
South Side
East Side
West Side
Note - The photo of the west side had to be taken at an angle due to lens flare from the morning sun.

Some of the panels are starting to show the effects of age and weathering.  It also looks like there was some vandalism that had to be painted over.

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