Tuesday, January 07, 2020

UGo2RiNo!


Denver's River North Arts District, which everyone calls RiNo (pronounced like “Rhino”) is a big area — many city blocks — full of murals. Even the graffiti is (mostly) artistic! It's become a giant tourist attraction, full of stores, restaurants, bars… as well as trendy housing. Could Tucson do something a bit like this some day — though on a smaller scale, with a more southwestern theme? Should Tucson?

Here are a bunch of photos in no particular order (except the last). I took them on November 16th, 2019:

That last mural shows a non-glitzy resident facing a huge rhino labeled “ART” with people who may have different plans for RiNo. The caption at left reads:
Your “street-art” is wallpaper for gentrification…
You cannot colorize that which refuses to surrender…
You cannot kill that which refuses to die…

Friday, January 03, 2020

El Molinito

On November 4, 2019 I took photos of two murals inside El Molinito, a Mexican restaurant on N. Pantano Rd.  There are other interesting murals inside the restaurant but I couldn't capture them without disturbing diners enjoying their meals.  Maybe another time.

Click on either photo for a slideshow of larger and sharper images.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Why I Love Where I Live (on 6th St.)

You'll find Why I Love Where I Live, a clothing and retail store, in the Mercado San Agustin annex. But you'll also find three murals by Danny Martin along 6th Street. I photographed them on November 12th:

(If you'd like to read the titles of those books, or whatever, click on a photo for a much larger view.)

Update (August 10, 2021): Here's the front of the building — Reproductions, Inc. — today:

Friday, December 27, 2019

Revisiting a hidden/trashed mural

Back on October 29, 2013, we showed an almost-hidden side of the mural-covered building at 191-197 East Toole Avenue. On November 12th of this year (2019), I stopped across the tracks for another look:

(As always, you can click for a much larger version.)

Surprisingly, the right half of this graffiti-covered mess is almost identical to six years ago. But taggers have trashed the former mural on the left half. Plants have grown in front, too.

If this side of the building were as visible as the others are, I'm sure it would be repainted as often as they are. Maybe in 2020?

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Mural

Brawley's Restaurant (my favorite for breakfast or lunch) likes to decorate their kitchen window for each holiday.
Photographed on Dec. 21, 2019
Painted by Gorman
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A painted post

This phone pole, covered with paint and stencils (and decals?), is just south of the garage door at 222B Arizona Avenue, across a narrow driveway. In the second photo below, you can see the unfinished mural at Crooked Tooth Brewing Company:

Friday, December 20, 2019

Benson Highway

The mural is a look at the old Benson Highway.  Before I-10 was built, the Benson Highway was the main road from Tucson to Benson.  The mural was painted by Alejandra Trujillo at the El Pais Motel & Campgrounds located on the Benson Highway.

Photographed on Nov. 6, 2019
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Note - The Spanish "El Pais" translates to "The Country" in English.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Red Garter Saloon

Photographed on Nov. 18, 2019.  The artist is not known.
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Palo Verde Pool

Four students from Palo Verde High School were selected to paint a mural at the Palo Verde Pool under the guidance of local artist Isaac Caruso assisted by Alex Gomez.  The students chosen for the project were Alexis Hirth, Filomena Obono, Jenna Linneman and Sarina Tuskey.  The mural focuses on the history and culture of the neighborhood.

Photographed on Nov. 6, 2019
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Crossfit 520

Mural by Danny Martin at the Crossfit 520 gym on Chapel Ave.

  Photographed on Oct. 23, 2019.
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Friday, December 06, 2019

Six years ago at TMA

Between the main gallery building and the Education building at the Tucson Museum of Art is a slab that's often painted with a mural. I found a photo of it from December 7, 2013, that I never posted here:

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Finally, bigger photos (when you click)!

Until recently, Blogger would charge me money if I put photos on this blog that were longer or wider than 800 pixels. That used to be pretty big, years ago... but now it's small. They've raised the limit to 2,048 pixels. (For some reason, photos that David Aber posts haven't had that limit.)

Starting this week, if you click on a photo, you'll see a much larger version. (The template that holds the photos and text is still the same width. I'll try to fix that some day. For now, you'll need to click.)

Friday, November 29, 2019

Razorz Edge



This mural is in on a thin wall in front of Razorz Edge, a clothing store on 4th Avenue just south of 6th Street.

I walked by on November 12th.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Generation Cool

You can only see the mural on the roll-down shutter over the front of this business when it's closed:

At the bottom right corner is the artist's signature:

I spotted it before opening time on November 12tn.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Mural panels on Toole five years ago

On November 22, 2014, I cruised by the two sets of mural panels along Toole Avenue north of the building at 191 East Toole. Back then, the murals on the panels were changing fairly often. I've tried to keep track of these (you can find other photos from this list), but I never posted this set of photos to the blog. First, here are the two sets of panels:

And closeups of the panels we haven't shown on the blog before 11/22/2014, from left to right:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Barrio House

The Barrio House is no longer in business. However, the mural by Danny Martin is still there at 828 S. Russell Ave. in Barrio Santa Rosa.

Photographed on Oct. 1, 2019
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Meet Me at Maynards mural walks

Every Monday starting from Maynards Market, tons of Tucsonans “get out!” to walk around downtown Tucson. Two of the walk routes visit murals. Look for the Mural Walks section near the top right corner of their webpage:

MeetMeAtMaynards.com

MMM isn't doing official tours during the fall and winter. But, for now, you can walk the tours on your own.

Friday, November 15, 2019

El Toro

This is the logo of the Toro Loco (Crazy Bull) restaurant.  It opened Aug. 2 and replaced PaPa Locos.

Photographed inside the restaurant on Oct. 1, 2019.
By Danny Martin



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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

La Suprema Mural Reveal this Friday

Isaac Caruso has painted a new mural at La Suprema Works & Events in Barrio Viejo (just south of downtown). The mural unveiling is this Friday, November 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Here are a picture of the mural and a form to RSVP:

UnitedWayTucson.org/_mural_reveal

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day mural painted in 2018

I found an entry on the Cactus Catz blog, Wordless Wednesday : Veterans Day - November 15, 2018. It had four photos and a story starting with a photo caption “Monday, as I was walking, I saw a man. [H]e was painting a mural on his wall the names of the fallen. He remembers.”

Though I have permission from Cactus Catz to show her photos, I wasn't able to reach her to ask where the mural is. So I searched Google Maps' Street View. Thank you for sharing these, Mary.

Update (November 9, 2020): I have sad news — and just before Veterans Day 2020. The man who painted this wall (and repainted it over and over) — Robert M. Norwood, age 63, who (as he wrote) about military service “My family has (5) gen. in this. So far (6) lives lost in service to it.” — died after a passerby thought he was spray-painting graffiti and fought with him. Here's the story from the Arizona Daily Star: Tucson police: Man mistaken for graffiti vandal dies in Election Day clash.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

The mural is on the west wall of 228 E. 6th St. as seen from N. Arizona Ave. The mural was begun in April of 2019 but remains unfinished as of Oct. 1.
Photographed on 10/01/2019.
By Danny Martin
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Thursday, November 07, 2019

A mural that hides something

Yesterday Joe Pagac wrote on Twitter: “Painting a 250,000 gallon water tank out at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch to make it disappear!” Here's a link to the before-and-after photos on Instagram:

instagram.com/p/B4i0flaAehx/

Update (August 7, 2020): There are photos of the finished mural in today's entry Tanked.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Maybe a mural, part 82: Cattletown Steakhouse & Saloon

If a mural is paint on a wall, this piece of (what looks like) leather doesn't qualify because it's lashed to a wooden frame that's fastened to the wall. But maybe not. We'll let you make up your own mind!

David Aber emailed the photo on August 30th.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Vampire Bat

Found at the rear of 300 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ. Artist not known.

This same mural has appeared in two other posts on the Tucson Murals Project.  Surrounded by murals: our 700th post and End-to-end Plush art, 2013 and before.  In both instances, the colors have changed and, or, faded.

Photographed on May 29, 2019. We saved it for Halloween.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sonoran Brunch Co.

The Sonoran Brunch Co. has recently opened a Diner that replaces Poco & Mom's on S. Kolb Rd.  The mural is on a shipping container on the south side of the building.

Photographed on Oct. 17, 2019
Painted by Danny Martin
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Update (June 27, 2021): BG Boyd Photography sent two more photos of the mural:

Friday, October 25, 2019

Residential Mural

Residence at 8102 E. Julia St. as seen from S. Sherwood Village Dr.

Photographed on 10/01/2019.
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Monday, October 21, 2019

DeGrazia chapel reopens

The fire-damaged chapel, which was lined with murals by Ted DeGrazia, has reopened. A Catholic Mass and a formal rededication of the mission are planned for December 8th. Here are two articles from the Arizona Daily Star with photos and the story of the restoration:

DeGrazia's chapel, a Tucson landmark for prayers and weddings, reopens after fire

Photos: DeGrazia Mission in the Sun, fire and restoration

Friday, October 18, 2019

"The Cactus Comet Rides Again"

Art Luppino, "The Cactus Comet", led the nation in rushing in 1954 and 1955. He wore jersey no. 22, now retired at the U of A.  The mural is located at the SE corner of Arizona Stadium behind Gate 6.

Photographed on Sept. 19, 2019.
Painted by Danny Martin. Photo by Miguel Arias.
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There's a video of the mural being painted in our blog entry Video: Danny Martin mural at Arizona Stadium.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Video: Danny Martin mural at Arizona Stadium

From Twitter:


Update (October 18, 2019): There's a photo of the completed mural in today's entry "The Cactus Comet Rides Again".

Friday, October 11, 2019

Weed & Seed

The  Weed and Seed Program is intended to help communities by weeding out crime and seeding sites with crime prevention programs.  This tile mural was found on S. 4th Ave. at the intersection of E. 34th St., City of South Tucson.  Photo taken on April 22, 2019.
Painted by Gonzalo Espinosa
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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

MOCA's wall on fire

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, is housed in a former fire station downtown. (If you haven't been there, check it out. It's an interesting gallery space with tall fire door/windows.) On the two halves of their west wall are firey orange murals. Here's the left (north) side, then the right:

(The photos' colors are even more vivid than in real life because I was there near sunset and because I used my camera's HDR mode — High Dynamic Range — to try to capture more detail in both the shadows and sunlit parts.)

I was there for a hot summer event on June 20th.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Ohana

This neighborhood mural is on the east side of Sarnoff Drive, just north of the corner with Calexico Street. I rolled by (and stopped!) on June 21, 2019.

I searched the Internet for “Ohana.” The word is being used a lot these days. Wikipedia says “Ohana is the sense of family in Hawaiian culture.” But I found another web page that argues The Word 'Ohana Is A Modern Invention. Whatever.

In the middle of the mural is “Love Ya” followed by what looks like a heart with a question mark over it. Hmmm: