Friday, December 22, 2023

The Monica by The Joe (Pagac)

It's been more than a year since Joe Pagac painted a mural for El Tour de Tucson 2022 on the patio wall at The Monica downtown. (So many murals to post here, so little time!) On October 31, 2022, Joe posted a photo on Instagram by Randy Metcalf.

I stopped by on April 29, 2013 to snap photos. Unfortunately, the light wasn't good… there were shadows and reflections:

The caption at the bottom, Aventure dans le désert à vélo! is in French. It means Desert adventure by bike! You can read more about why on The Monica's web page Who was Monica?. It's an interesting story!

The (very) short version is that Monica Flin was a Tucson restaurateur (a person who runs a restaurant professionally) from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. “Monica was the daughter of Jules and Carlota Brunet Flin, both early settlers of Tucson who hailed from France. She grew up speaking French, English, and later Spanish.” The family home was on Court Avenue; it's now the site of El Charro Café downtown — which Monica opened there in 1922.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

New VFW Loft Apartments and old AccessTucson mural

A mural on the west wall of the former AccessTucson TV studio downtown was there for years. If you drove through downtown on Broadway, you couldn't miss it:
That photo is from our May 29, 2009 post AccessTucson.

After AccessTucson moved away, the building stood unused for quite a while. On March 12 of this year, I noticed that it had changed:
Now the VIP Loft Apartments are behind bits of the original mural. Here are more photos:

My August 21 post on the Facebook group Tucson Murals and Street Art got this comment from Kat Sabine:
My graduate studies classmate Dr. Jessica N. Pabón-Colón coordinated the artists working on that mural for her studies at UofA. I coordinated with Vikki Dempsey to get permission for the space…All credit to her. There's more to this, but Dr. Pabón-Colón is a brilliant activist/academic and you should learn more from her.
Kat replied to me when I asked to use her comment here:
… I have just coordinated their efforts along the way.
Thanks, Kat!

Friday, December 15, 2023

Corbett's Beer Garden

Corbett's is a restaurant that opened in August of 2023. Among other things, it has five pickleball courts and a beer garden.  It also has numerous murals painted by several of the finest artists in Tucson.  Here, I am including three of the murals.  The others will have to wait for another day.

 Subject not known.

By Sean Cannon


Memorial to Denis Francis (Papa Ranger).  Inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum Hall of Fame in Novermber of 2022.

Painted by Ignacio Garcia




Artist not known

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

Update by Jerry Peek (December 15, 2023): The Arizona Daily Star article Tucson's first pickleball restaurant could be downtown game-changer — which only Star subscribers can see — has a video, a lot more photos, and information.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023


There's a mural at the back of a parking lot on the NE corner of N. 6th Ave. and E. 6th st.

Painted by Joe Pagac


Click on the photo for a larger and sharper version.

Update (January 1, 2024): There are more photos in today's post Murals being made, part 75: Volcano in detail.

Friday, December 08, 2023

Raspados y Antojitos

Translation - "Scrapings and Snacks".  A Raspado is very similar to a snow cone. 

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Fourth Time

Arizona Palms Tinting has appeared in The Tucson Murals Project three times - 11/30/2011, 05/18/2018 and 01/19/2021. Each time with a different paint scheme. Here is number four:

Friday, December 01, 2023

"Comida del Barrio"

                     Translated as "Food of the Neighborhood"

SW Corner of S. 10th Ave. & W. 32nd St., Tucson, AZ

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Tribute to Dino of Tino's Pizza

Maybe it's too soon after Thanksgiving to think about food, but… Did you ever visit this pizza place that was a favorite of lots of Tucsonans?
Or maybe you didn't visit it in person. Tino also delivered, as you can see in this photo from their website… I copied it (with their permission) in June 2023:
The restaurant's last day was February 2, 2022. As of November 12, 2023, the website ( was still online. It had a link to a story on KOLD News 13, Tino’s Pizza prepares to close after nearly 4 decades of business.

I'm glad that I could catch photos of the mural; it's on the west side of the building. I was there on June 6, 2023. I'm a bit swamped, as usual, so these are only lightly edited… but you can still see the love that family members, friends and former employees painted for Dino. (As always, you can click or tap on any photo to get a series of larger versions.)

Friday, November 24, 2023

Desert Scene


By Erica Cantua

 Found at the Agave Apartments on E. 22nd St.

The Palm Tree is casting a shadow that covers a small portion of the mural.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Sahuarita Public Art

                                        "The Land Rests"

By Wagon Burner Arts










                                  "Sahuarita and Astronomy"

By Wesley Fawcett Creigh









 "Sahuarita Pecans"

By Wesley Fawcett Creigh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


                                    "Sam and Sara" (view large)

By Isaac Caruso from a children's book he has written and illustrated.

                                            "Sonoran Sunset"

By Wagon Burner Arts 










These murals were all found at Anamax Park in Sahuarita.  As my schedule permits, I will continue to photograph the many murals within the city.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Bada Bing! Bada Boom!

            It's a pizza restaurant with an arcade game player.

The artists names are on the mural but unfortunately they are too small to read in this photo.  I didn't take a close-up.  My bad.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

XTREME Off Road & Performance

By Monty "Ses" Esposito

By Monty "Ses" Esposito

Update (March 28, 2024) by Jerry Peek: I posted more photos today in More Xtreme.

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Friday, November 03, 2023

Our Culture Is Our Power

The language is Tohono O'odham.

Artist unknown
Note the earrings.  They are 'The Man In The Maze'; a common symbol among the Tohono O'odham tribe.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Silver City: Murals and fun

This blog hasn't been updated for a few months while I got some much-needed rest; co-editor David Aber took a break too. We're back! You've probably seen David's post three days ago, Apex Predators Take Over.

I've spent two of the months away from Tucson… I'll be home for a month or two before I leave for some more art-hunting out of town. 😎 Although this is the Tucson Murals Project blog, from time to time I like to write a post with murals from another place. Today I'm in Silver City, New Mexico. It's an old mining town, with a very fun downtown full of history, art, and kitsch, surrounded by a big variety of scenery. There's a lot of murals, especially downtown. Just wander the streets — maybe especially the streets north of downtown toward College Avenue (which connects to Western New Mexico University and its Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art).

Here's one of the easiest murals to find—in a place most people probably visit, at the corner of Broadway & Bullard:
(As always, click or tap on any photo for a set of views you can click/tap to enlarge.)

A youth mural project created another detail-filled mural. This one is an old neighborhood scene. The mural is along Bullard at Spring Street:
Some details:

(Above, note the artists' names along the border in ceramic tiles)

I want to visit some art galleries now. So, to save time, I'll only lightly edit the photos below.

The back of The Murray Hotel, in a style sort of like Mondrian:
Next, an underwater mural along 6th Street east of Texas Street. (Yes, the curbs are that high so water can run along them without flooding — the same way that some residential streets in Tucson are designed, mostly without the curbs. Around 100 years ago, so much water ran along the former Main Street that it became a huge ditch… now called the Big Ditch Park!)

A mural showing two sides of a bicycle race. The second and third photos show the route for a challenging mountain race. Don't miss the upside-down bicyclist in the second photo:

Last, another very detailed youth mural along Bullard Street between 6th and 7th:

I'll finish by recommending a route from Tucson to Silver City and back. I can't find a way to share a Google Map from my laptop, so I'll include a screenshot and directions. As before, you can click/tap for a larger view:
I suggest starting by driving to Safford and east from there. This route includes a paved but steep and narrow road. If there's been a thunderstorm in the past few days, the road may be closed at Mule Creek, New Mexico:
  1. Drive I-10 and US 191 to Safford, AZ
  2. Drive US-191/US-70, US-191, AZ-78, NM-78 to Mule Creek, NM (see notes above!)
  3. Drive NM-78, then US-180 to Silver City
  4. Drive NM-90 to Lordsburg, NM, then I-10 to Tucson
If you want even more adventure along the way, I suggest taking this detour through Clifton, AZ (a mostly steep and narrow road):
  1. Don't turn onto AZ-78 (at the intersection called Three Way). Instead:
  2. Stay on US-191 north through Clifton, AZ
  3. Along US-191 around Morenci, AZ, stay right at the fork toward "Mine entrance" and continue up the side of the mountains along narrow US-191. You'll pass miles of mines, then suddenly be in high country with amazing views.
  4. Either turn around or continue north on US-191 to Alpine, AZ, where you can take US-180 south to Silver City. This is a long, remote, slow remote road. Bring water, warm clothes, etc.
Last, if you aren't used to driving on steep, narrow roads:
  • If you don't know how to down-shift your engine so you aren't constantly pressing your brakes going downhill, read your car owner's manual to learn the maximum safe speeds in each gear — and ask a friend / auto mechanic who understands how transmissions work.
  • A courtesy tip: Watch your rear-view mirror. If there's someone trying to pass you, make a brief pull-over at the first opportunity. It will cost you a few seconds but can save the other driver lots of time following a slow “flatland” driver.