Three New Murals in Downtown Phoenix

Aimee SmithApril 22, 2021
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This week we are spotlighting three new murals in Downtown Phoenix.

Photo by Aimee Smith 

By El Mac and Thomas “Breeze” Marcus 
This multi-story mural is located in the alley south of Monroe Street and First Avenue. El Mac is responsible for the portrait while Thomas “Breeze” Marcus tackled the surrounding detailing. The mural is a nod to the Indigenous history of Phoenix. The girl depicted is a real teenager from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, where Breeze himself grew up. Together, El Mac and Breeze have created a powerful blend of strength and beauty that looks out over the city.

Photo by Aimee Smith 

By Isaac Caruso and Jesse Yazzie 
“The Conscience of the Council” by Isaac Caruso and Jesse Yazzie is located at Roosevelt and Second streets, beside the Roosevelt Row Welcome Center. It is a tribute to Calvin Goode, who passed away last year at the age of 93. He was a civil rights activist and long-time Phoenix City Council member known for his soft-spoken demeanor. Caruso grew up hearing stories about Goode and was eager to commemorate him. The mural depicts Goode’s noble portrait against the skyline of the city he served so well.

Photo by Aimee Smith 

By Danny Upshaw

“Uncontained Harmony,” a wheat paste mural by Danny Upshaw, is located on the side of the Xico gallery containers on Roosevelt Row. The black and white photograph captures Desirae Redhouse doing the Fancy Shawl Dance, a celebration of the Indigenous spirit. The vibrant image appears to be about to leap off the wall at any moment. Catch it while you can. This one is temporary and will only be on view through June 31.


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