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Tucson's Quality Of Life: Outdoor Art (1 of Several)

Located near the I-10 freeway on Grant Road is a commercial property presently for sale.  It's a meat-packing plant that's been closed for several years.

The concrete block wall that surrounds it on three sides is nearly half a mile in length, and the entire wall has been painted with a mural that features cowboys, their cows, and life in the desert southwest.

Graffiti is starting to take its toll on the mural, so I spent a morning photographing it.  I particularly like this piece of the mural because of the live plant growing in front of the wall.  It looks like the cows have decided to munch on it.

More later...

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Comment balloon 18 commentsMike Jones • May 30 2009 01:03PM

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Mike,

THis has such a real life quality about it! Wonderful photo.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike, I am a fan of Murals and Austin has a large number of very interesting examples too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I like the murals.  Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate over 11 years ago

Mike,

Talk about the perfect placement of a bush.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

very cool photo/painting..........we have several here like that - and they're always eyecatching!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

I love murals too. 

I find it charming to see murals decorating the sides of buildings

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Wow Mike!  That's way too cool!  I just love to see the works of talented folks.  I always envisioned myself as artistic, but when I try to paint or draw ... well there is an obvious occlusion between my brain, my eyes, and my hands.  LOL

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Mike, I am sure someday you will be so thankful you took the time to photograph these murals.  Thank you for sharing.  I noticed yesterday when I was down town that the murals seems to be fading on several of the buildings.  Great idea to photograph them.  May be a good Sunday project.

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Mike - That's a really nice mural.  I wonder if those cows would like to come and live with the California Happy Cows?

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike, I agree with Kim.  Good idea to get them documented for the future.  The new owner probably won't see the history or the value of these.

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

Mike, art always makes walls look better. When you can integrate the landscaping, it's even better.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago

Sharon,

I agree!  Thanks for commenting.

Doreen,

You're going to like the rest of this series!

Myrl,

I clicked the link, and I love the video!

Kim,

Blog about it if you follow through on the photos.  Thanks for commenting.

Carol,

I looked all along the wall, and can't find a place where the artist signed it.  A mystery that needs solving.

Lenn,

You and I both!

Liz,

It is, isn't it!  Thanks for stopping by.

Don,

It's happenstance, like so much in life.  Serendipity.

Tony,

You're most welcome!

Russell,

I'd like to see some of Austin's murals on your blog.

Dorie,

Yes it does!  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

 

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

It does look like the cows have found something to munch on thanks for the photo.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

The greenery makes the whole picture...

Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Sandi,

It sure does add depth and interest!  Good to see you.

Terry,

That's what I thought.  I hope it agrees with their digestion.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  Having seen this mural many, many times - I have to say that this is the best view of it yet!  With all "opportunities" for graffiti in Tucson I am happy that this particular mural hasn't been tagged over the years! -- Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Gab,

Grafitti is taking a toll on the old meat packing plant.  I've got an entire series of photos on the mural, and I'll be sharing them this month.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

HI MIKE!  Oh no!  Say it isn't so!  How disappointing!  I will be sure to follow the series - it's a great one - you teach me so much about the west and northwest side of Tucson! -- Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago

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