Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Living Mural is evolving

The Living Mural on on 7th Street near 3rd Avenue — which is one of two “living murals” near 4th Avenue — has evolved since it was first created in 2021. The idea has been to divide a wall into smaller spaces where different artists can paint their own mini-murals. Artist and business owner Jason Lee Nolan has been involved with the mural from the start; his Instagram page @TheLivingMural has lots more information and closeups of some of the individual artists’ work. (That account also has info about the “stained glass” living mural across 4th Avenue.)

Three views, early to recent

Here's a composite photo showing the wall three different times: May 3, 2021 (the top photo); June 20, 2022 (middle); and February 14, 2023 (bottom). (I actually took the last photo on September 20, 2022, but when I stopped by on 2/14/23 the mural hadn't changed.) As always, you can click for a larger view:
There are closeups of the first photo above in The "living" mural. See details of the second photo in Living Mural still alive in June. The last photo shows the wall after Pen Macias, The Desert Pen, painted a new mural on the left end of the wall. There's a photo of just that mural in Desert Pen's mural is alive.

A single theme

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the day the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Jason Lee Nolan — an artist leads the mural team (and owns Black Crow Tattoo across the parking lot) — posted to Instagram his proposal for the next phase of the Living Mural. Click there if you'd like to see the whole post. Here are parts of it, a mixture of some words from both the image and caption:
Today was a horrible day for women. … I'd like permission to clear the wall … As a gesture of love I'd like to invite those who would like to help dedicate a mural to women and the community. Any and all who wish to literally place their hand in paint and add their mark to the wall come down and meet with me. … I hope to create a space where people can come take selfies with images that promote the fact that we support women and the community in a positive way.
This is the mural as it looked three months later, Sepember 20, 2022:
I took these closeups:

Friday, February 24, 2023

Desert Pen's mural is alive

That mural by The Desert Pen (Pen Macias) is on the west side of the TUSD (Tucson Unified School District) building along 5th Avenue, facing a small parking lot. It's next to another mural, which used to cover the entire wall before Pen painted hers:
The mural on the right is The Living Mural. Next time, there'll be photos of it, as well as earlier versions.

Across the parking lot are murals for Black Crow Tattoo, a business of Jason Le Nolan's — who also coordinates the living mural.

I took these on September 20, 2022.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Along the alley

Next to the mural we posted a week ago, Running along 3rd Avenue, an alley runs to the west (halfway between 27th and 28th Streets). That alley has a series of murals along the north wall of Flintstone Tire & Auto. Here's the view from the east end, at 3rd Avenue, on November 27, 2022:
Next, closeups from the left (east) end to the right (west):

Friday, February 17, 2023

Barely a mural

This is the entrance to Firestone Flintstone Tire & Auto Care in Bedrock South Tucson:
Last time, in the post Running along 3rd Avenue, we saw a mural on the east wall of this business. What caught my eye here were the painted numbers on both sides of the gate. They're in some of the same colors used in the mural, so I wonder if the muralist painted these too?

If you aren't familiar with the Flintstones’ family car, look at the fandom.com Flintmobile page. The first paragraph says:
The Flintmobile (also known as the Cavemobile) is a Canopysaurus and an iconic vehicle owned by Fred Flintstone, featured in the original series and franchise, The Flintstones by Hanna-Barbera.
I was there on November 27, 2022… and you'll be glad to know that I won't try any Flintstone jokes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Running along 3rd Avenue

On the 3rd Avenue side of 331 E. 28th Street is this bright mural painted on a cinderblock wall:
A closeup of the woman on the right:
It's signed “arts found” at the lower right. I tried searching the public art map from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, but it wasn't there. I, um, found this art on November 27, 2022.

(Sorry, I don't have any heart-shaped murals for Valentine’s Day. Have a nice one, anyway!)

Friday, February 10, 2023

Do these fit?

There are a lot of murals in the area around the corner of 3rd Avenue and 26th Street — just into the City of South Tucson. This mural has a big saguaro and some multicolored flowers that I'm not sure you'd normally see next to an old saguaro. Whatever!
I was there on November 27, 2022, taking plenty of mural photos. There are more in the posts before and after this one.

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Casa Maria

On the west side (along 3rd Avenue) is this mural on Casa Maria (their listed address is around the corner, 401 East 26th):
I took the photos on November 27, 2022.

Friday, February 03, 2023

Faces have company

Almost six years ago — April 19, 2017 — we posted a photo of a mural by Marcus Robiason on what later became Tanline Printing. The name of the post, Faces, describes this mural and two others by Marcus. (There's a link to more info at the bottom of that post.)

On November 27, 2022, I drove by on 4th Avenue and spotted a new mural next to the first one:
Here's the new mural:
And a closeup near the right end, with “UPward BOUND 2023” on a prickly pear cactus and a tortoise munching a prickly pear pad:

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Our Voice, Our Land

Along the alley between 24th & 25th Streets, just west of 4th Avenue (and a block north of the boundary of South Tucson!) is this long mural:
The address Google Maps shows is 1430 S. 4th Avenue, but that's actually a building along the alley. The mural is on the opposite side. (The GPS coordinates are 32.204220, -110.965675… but just walk along 4th Avenue and turn west into the alley.)

I took the photo on November 27, 2022.

Friday, January 27, 2023

(Painting the) Block Party

First, here's the block from the sky (thanks, BG Boyd Photography!):
It was the morning of October 22, 2022. Living Streets Alliance and Tucson's Department of Transportation and Mobility hosted the 6th Avenue Block Painting Party, or the Fiesta en la Calle Para Pintar la Sexta Avenida (there were signs for both).

Start of the day

The day started early with lots of volunteers and staff setting up. Artist Yu Yu Shiratori painted outlines on the street for people to paint. I stopped by at 8:45 AM. That turned out to be too early to see many people painting, but it let me get some photos. (I'm really short on time today, so I'm not editing the photos to look their best.)

I headed home a while after 9 AM. (I just missed crossing paths with drone videographer/photographer BG Boyd, who I've never met but have collaborated with a lot online… you've seen his work on this blog plenty of times.)


I wondered when the painting would be nearly finished, and I guessed 11:45 AM. The party wasn't over, but it was wrapping up.

Street murals tend to fade pretty quickly, so see these when you can! (I hope the planters will live for a long time…)