8 mural project Downtown Tucson

8 mural project Downtown Tucson

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Walking through downtown Tucson, murals grab your attention as if the city was morphing into a cool art gallery. I found this Arizona Public Media video on you-tube about how Camila Bekat, Economic Development Specialist, City of Tucson sought out a grant to have several murals put up downtown in 2016. I think that was a trigger for Tucson and after that murals started popping all over. With the visual impact and the publicity it brought, the city and the businesses welcomed murals as bringing in traffic and a cool artsy atmosphere.  Two years later, murals dot the landscape bringing a magical oasis to what was once drab buildings. Now the area where Rick Martinez did his giant mural is called the Art Warehouse District.

All the murals show up on the video at various points.  I’ve noted times where various people spoke on the video about their artwork or in the case of Bekat how and why the city got the grant.

Camila Bekat, Economic Development Specialist
on the video at the start, 5:29, 7:34

Jessica Gonzales said the three figures represent New Beginning, Nurturing and Growth
98 E. Congress
on the video at 1:04, 2:03, 6:43
Unfortunately, this mural is no longer there.  The building has been sold and the new owners removed the stucco to reveal the vintage brickwork which is cool.  However they also removed the mural which was not cool.  The long wall could’ve easily featured the bricks juxtaposed against the mural. However, you can still see the mural in the video.


Sagrado Corazón de Tucson (Sacred Heart of Tucson) by Rachel Slick, Alexandra Gjurasic, Tim Schirack. Cafe 54 told the artists they were chosen because of the heart representation as Cafe 54 was a heart-centered organization.
Cafe 54, 54 E. Pennington
on the video at 1:41, 2:50, 6:34

 

Sagrado Corazón de Tucson Mural, photograph by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved, CactusCatz.com

 


 

Ignacio Garcia
318 E. Congress St. (back of the building, visible from 5th Ave.)
on the video at 7:35

 

Ignacio Garcia's Downtown Tucson Mural, photograph by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved, CactusCatz.com


 

Isaac Caruso
9 N. Scott Ave.

Isaac Caruso's Downtown Tucson Mural, photograph by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved, CactusCatz.com

 


 

Luis Mena (his mural wraps around the corner of a building so had to take three pictures to show the whole mural)
142 E. Pennington

 

Luis Mena's Downtown Tucson Mural, photograph by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved, CactusCatz.com

 


 

To-Ree-Nee Wolf Keiser (because a tree and a traffic light blocked the view from across the street, I had to take two pictures to show the whole mural)
213 E. Broadway

To-Ree-Nee Wolf Keiser's Downtown Tucson Mural, photograph by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved, CactusCatz.com

 


Niki Glen
West Corner 5th Ave. & Toole
It’s a long wall with a lot of detail on both sides

Niki Glen's Downtown Tucson Mural, photograph by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved, CactusCatz.com


 

Rock Martinez
with Christina Perez assisting.
440 N. 7th Ave.
on the video at 1:24 (Rock), 4:16 (Rock & Christina), 5:55 (Mark Berman, building owner about the mural), 6:18 (Christina Perez speaking about the experience), 7:22 (Rock)

 


2016 Downtown Tucson Mural Project

Monday Walk
Jo’s Monday Walk

Monday Murals
Colourful World

 

25 Replies to “8 mural project Downtown Tucson”

  1. These are wonderful! Your city is so perfect for the mural photography prompt!…if there wasn’t one, you would have to host one!

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    1. I agree. It’s funny, I thought Tucson was visually boring (which most of the buildings are) but since I’ve discovered murals, I’ve found the staid walls make the best canvases.

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  2. Nice to see you linking with Sami’s. Reminded me that I meant to link my Saturday post. Not sure when my next walk post will be up. Are you on Twitter or Instagram? Thanks for the link. 🙂 🙂

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  3. Stunning stunning stunning! How absolutely incroyable this project was Mary, each piece of art a joy to see! I love the current popularity of street art, really adds interest to a city ✨

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    1. I agree murals are awesome! Obviously because it’s starting to be a thing with me. It’s funny, before I hadn’t noticed them and now it feels like I see them everywhere.

      Hope you’re having a great day!

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    1. I agree with you. Someone told me last night that “graff heads” call their murals like that “pieces” which was short for “masterpieces”. I thought that was cool.

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    1. I thought the murals were great too. yeah, the Garcia mural is very cool — I love that touch of fantasy with the jackalope.

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