Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Photographing public art: is it allowed?

David Aber found this really useful article. I can't guarantee that it's legally exactly correct. But it gives lots of examples that make sense. By the way, it's a Microsoft Word file… your browser may or may not be able to open it:

(If you can't open Microsoft Word files and you're using a computer, you might want to get the excellent free package called LibreOffice; download that file and open it in LibreOffice. On a phone — Android, at least — there are a number of apps… if you don't have one, try searching for "Office". Finally, if you trust Google to see your documents, check out Google Docs, which is available on a number of platforms.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BLM murals on MSA Annex (Murals being made, part 55)

Back on June 5th, I heard that Black Lives Matter murals were going to be painted at the Mercado San Agustin Annex that weekend. I got there on Saturday the 6th and found artists working:
I went back on July 7th to snap the finished murals. My first two photos had glare from the sun, so I took them again on September 13th:

(As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view.)
Here's an article from AZ Weekend with more info: Murals with a message: Artists paint downtown in support of Black Lives Matter

Friday, September 25, 2020

A monster and a rose

Empire Tattoo has a mural above the store entrance:

Here's a closeup:

I was there May 10th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Teatime for the bugs

Sarah Herr emailed this photo on Sunday, September 20. The hidden data in the photo says she took it that morning. “Finding murals has been a good antidote for COVID gym closures,” she wrote.

What a fun mural! Thank you, Sarah.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Roy Metcalfe repaints

February 7, 2014, we published a photo of a faded mural on Roy Metcalfe Automotive. Sometime since then, it was repainted. I spotted it on May 10th while I was photographing the murals on the Chicago Bar next door (which, confusingly, had the same street address):

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

"Rhythms of Nature"

The City of Tucson requires that 1% of the budget of a Capital Improvement Project be set aside for public art.  Thus, the East Broadway Road Improvement Project between Camino Seco and Houghton Rd. has included six public art installations.  They were created by Niki Glen Studios.  Niki calls them "Concrete Sculptures".  I call them murals.  Whether you agree, or not, I think you will find them interesting.

"The Bountiful Desert"

Desert Life



Desert Stream

Not a mural, but interesting nonetheless.

Photographed on July 27 and Aug. 30, 2020.

Click on any photo for a slide show of larger and sharper images.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Video: KGUN9 interviews Joe Pagac and Ignacio Garcia

KGUN9 TV starts their story Growing mural scene earns Tucson national reputation with a interesting video interview with Tucson muralists Joe Pagac and Ignacio Garcia.

The rest of the article says some things I don't agree with. For instance, it says Tucson has “a dozen artists credited with nearly 60 murals throughout the city.” We easily have more than 100 artists, and this blog has around 1,500 murals (though not all of them still exist). It mentions the City of Tucson's mural map, which shows 25 of those murals… this blog's mural map shows many hundreds.

It's great to spread the word about Tucson murals! I wrote to KGUN9 and suggested they check this blog to find more murals and muralists.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Sahuaro H. S.

Sahuaro High School students painted this one.  I wasn't able to find their names.  Nor was I able to find a title for the mural.  Sahuaro High is located at 545 N. Camino Seco.  The mural can only be seen from E. Vicksburg St. and it was photographed on May 1, 2020.

Complete Mural

Left Half

Right Half
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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Your * Planet Next!!

David Aber spotted this amazing mural online and let me know. I'd been to Gospel Supplies, the store on Broadway… this mural turned out to be in the alley behind it. I stopped by on May 10th. What an obscure place for a great mural! Here are closeups, left to right:

Again, note that the mural isn't at the front of the address below (Gospel Supplies). It's in the alley behind:

Friday, September 04, 2020

Cuppa Coffee

Found at the "Barrista del Barrio" and photographed on April 15, 2020.

Painted by Alejandra Trujillo
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Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Murals being made, part 54: Monster trucks! Close up!!

On January 7th, David Aber spotted a logo and two trucks on the west wall of TCR II Suspension Brake & Alignment:

Although it wasn't obvious when he took that photo, the mural wasn't finished. I drove by on May 10th as the sun rose over the building and saw that the artist had added a dune buggy and a background:

There was glare from the sun at the top of the first photo, so I decided to go back on August 14th to get a better photo… thinking that the mural was finished when I saw it in May. Oops again. The artist had filled in the background:

Is it finally finished?? I could go inside the store to ask, but I'd rather leave you in suspense. :) Stay tuned.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Peace Through Yoga

Found in the alley behind the "Modern Mystic Yoga Academy".  The mural is by Jules Muck.  She is a well known graffiti, mural and fine artist based in Venice, California.  She is also known widely as "muckrock".

Photographed on April 15, 2020
By Jules Muck
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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Maybe a mural, part 83: Desert mosaic mailbox post

Yesterday's entry in the Tucson Mailbox Art blog showed a mailbox on Sandario Road with beautiful mosaics on two sides of the mailbox post. You might or might not think of a mailbox post as a mural… we often say that flat art can count as a mural. Whatever you think, here are the mosaics:

…daytime and nighttime views, with critters to match. (The sunlit plants at the bottom of the daytime view are real.) As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view. Nice, eh?

Thanks to David Aber for finding the mailbox and sending the great photos. He took them on April 2, 2020.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Public mural you can't see (at TMC)

Until the pandemic struck, you could go inside Tucson Medical Center to admire the art that lines their hallways (the Healing Art Program… click there to see a series of web pages showing some of the art). Jeff Christensen created and donated this mosaic mural in the pediatric courtyard:

Thanks to Jeff for the photo. When I asked for details, he wrote:
it’s my first mural. I started taking classes at Santa Teresa Tile works About 2 years ago. Making tile is very therapeutic. I was inspired by some of the artists at Santa Teresa Tile Works and comics by David Fitzsimmons. I work next door from Tucson Medical Center at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute. I know what great work TMC does, so it was a real delight when they accepted my donation and allowed me to put it in their pediatric court yard. I also enjoy customizing garden and memorial benches with my tile. I also enjoy making holiday ornaments. I do not have a website yet, but I am starting to get together an online business called Maggie Mae Mosaics. Unfortunately I do not have this set up yet, however if someone wants information they can reach me at

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Rialto-style marquee on Toole goes all “Black Lives Matter”

In November, 2019, the northwest wall of 191 East Toole had a new marquee mural in the style of the Rialto Theatre marquee on Congress Street:

I've driven by it a zillion times. Like I do with any mural, I glance as I go by to see if it's changed. But, when I saw Rob Allen's new video this past weekend, I realized that I hadn't looked closely enough:

So I stopped by that morning, Saturday the 15th, to snap a photo.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Jimmy Stewart's Weather Bus

On May 29th, out mural-hunting, I had car problems. While I waited for a tow, I looked a ways across Columbus and saw…

…TV meterologist Jimmy Stewart on the side of a school bus. I walked over, as close as I could get, and saw Arizona Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons' inimitable style:

I think the bus belongs to the Angel Charity Place for Girls.

Monday, August 17, 2020

New video: Desert Delirium - The Surreal Murals of Tucson, AZ

A month ago, we published one of our most popular entries in quite a while: Murals of Tucson video by Here's another mostly-aerial video that I think you'll like:

You can also click here:

Rob Allen sent that link. He just released the video a week ago. (You can tell by scenes like the murals in progress on the wall of 197 East Toole.) Thanks, Rob!

Friday, August 14, 2020

"The Triumph of the Human Spirit"

By Kurt Schlaefer for the "Resilience Project", a nonprofit which gives voice to survivors of sexual assault through art.  Found on the east wall of 941 West Congress St. and photographed on April 21, 2020.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Smoke Rings

Photographed Feb. 24, 2020
Artist Not Known
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