Thursday, December 31, 2015

Faint (and not finished?)

My photo of this mural on the home's front wall made it look faded — or, at least, faint. So I've darkened the photo to help you see what's there.

Do you think the mural also looks unfinished? It seems that way to me, but (thanks to the comment from a previous wall's owner who commissioned her mural), I realize that my guess isn't always right. (If you'd like to see the comments, click there to see the mural and then scroll down to see the comments).

If this mural wasn't finished when I snapped the photo on October 26th, maybe it's different by now — or will be in 2016? Whatever… Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

More mural-ific

Back on June 11th, in an entry titled Mural-ific!, we showed David Aber's photos of a very long mural at PPEP Tech High School (and admitted that mural-ific isn't a word :). Back then, he wasn't able to get near enough to make closeup shots of the second half of the mural. This autumn, though, he did. (Thanks!) David emailed these photos on November 25th:

As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Maybe a mural, part 66

October 25th, after I visited an artist on one of this year's fall Open Studios Tours, I looked up the block and saw a home with an artistic wall out front, on the side along Silverbell. Here's a look from the left (south) end to the right end:

But that's not all. There's an artistic mailbox out front. Click there to see it on the Tucson Mailbox Art blog.

For some reason, Blogger couldn't find this home's address. Here's a Google Map of 239 N. Silverbell.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Villa de Jardín

That tile mural graces the wall along the front of this multi-unit complex, which runs from 3345-3395 East Second Street. I passed by on my bicycle November 6th.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lazy day at Bookmans (thanks to Joe Pagac)

I'd seen this mural on the east wall of the Bookmans location on Grant for months before I snapped a photo on September 27th:

Monday, December 14, 2015

Fountains of life

These side-by-side murals that David Aber found at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church symbolize the church name, don't you think?

He sent them on November 25th.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mission Manor murals!

Here's a series of murals at the Mission Manor Elementary Head Start. These first five are a series of arches; the fourth has IRC Oct 2007. I don't see artist name(s) on these:

Now another mural, this one by David Tineo and school students. It's quite a bit older, signed at the upper right (of the last photo) STUDENT MURAL ~ NUESTRA ESCUELA (our school) - Mission Manor (words covered by the light fixture?) School District 1990. First, the whole mural; then, closeups of the two halves. Letters of the alphabet run through the mural from left to right:

(As always, you can click on a photo for a larger view — on a desktop computer, at least.)

David Aber sent these on October 24th. The camera data in the photos says he took them on October 23rd. Both David and Mark Fleming rescued me then — when I was almost out of mural photos — and sent a lot. Since then they've sent more, and I've found more too. We're good to go until a month or two into 2016, I think! Thanks for these, Dave.

Update (February 6, 2017): I'm going through the last three years of mural photos — including the ones I've received in the mailbox — to see if I've missed anything. A few days after taking the photos above, David stitched them into panoramas that show the whole mural at once. Somehow I missed them — and the hard work he put in to make them exactly right. Very sorry about that, Dave!

There they are. You can click on the image for a larger view, but Blogger's new image-viewer still shrinks the width to fit your screen. For full-size images that you can scroll across to really see the mural, try these wide views mural 1 and mural 2. (And if you want the original, really big version, please contact David or me.)

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Pagac paints Poe

Back in September, I put aside an Arizona Daily Star article...
Poe mural at UA Poetry Center
...and rediscovered it today. The mural is in the Children's Corridor and should be up through at least the end of December, a staffer told me on the phone yesterday. Don't wait until the cat on Poe's shoulder (and Joe Pagac's mural of Poe) are nevermore. Here's the Poetry Center Website.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Coming soon: (not) trash murals

Here's the news from Tucson Arts Brigade’s November 24th newsletter:
The Tucson Arts Brigade received a total of 44 applications for the Trash Container Mural Art Demonstration Project sponsored by the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department (ESD) and Graffiti Resource Council, with logistical and administrative support provided by GARDEN Inc. This was a very difficult decision and we were so impressed with all the submissions. These artists are helping to demonstrate that there are plenty of talented artists available to paint murals that will beautify and unify our community and help to reduce the maintenance costs of City property.

Five talented artists, Niki Glen, Johanna Hand, Sasha Lewis, Porter McDonald, Ruben Moreno were selected through a peer-reviewed panel process by seven panelists who represented diverse sectors of our community through their affiliation with the Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB)… Works will be completed by December 18, 2015.

And here's an interview with artist Ruben Moreno, as well as some other info about the project, from the December 4th Arizona Daily Star:

Mural program aims to curb graffiti

I hope to have photos of the gorgeous trash containers to show you by the end of the month.

Update: TAB emailed:
Let's plan on meeting Tuesday, 12/8/15 at 10:00 am at the Container Maintenance site where the painting will take place. It is located at 1450 S. 10th Ave. Contact number for the supervisor on-site is Ramon Polanco 631-7092. We will have a tour of the area the artists will be working and review other incidentals (i.e. storage, restrooms, answer questions, etc.

(December 21, 2015): KVOA News 4 Tucson shows the progress of the dumpsters, along with interviews, in Tucson artists put finishing touches on 'dumpster art' project.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

A Thursday lunch with Tineo

On a doctor visit at Banner – University Medical Center South (formerly University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus) (formerly Kino Hospital) July 29th, I walked to the cafeteria for lunch. Past the cashier's station, I looked out the windows and saw…

…a mural that wrapped around the outside patio. I was too much of a wimp :) to eat outside in late July so, after lunch, I headed out for a closer look. Here's the mural from left to right:

At the top of the right end (see the last photo above) is a credits panel:

The mural is titled “Passages of Time”; it’s by David Tineo and seven artists (five of them students). I took that photo from underneath, then straightened it with the Perspective tool in the free Photoshop-like editor GIMP.

My food was good, too! If you're on Ajo around Country Club, you might want to drop in for lunch and art.