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You will want to take a multitude of photos of these three expansive Tempe murals. Fill your camera roll trying to find the perfect angle to capture these beauties in their entirety or with closeups of all their charming details.   Photos by Aimee Smith    “Don’t Wake the Dreamer” by Lauren Lee (@mslaurenlee) is located at 505 S. Hardy. The dreamer reposes along the wall, a hand clutching a flower at one end, a...

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Want to peruse dozens of murals in one short block? Check out Oak Street Alley. This stretch of Oak Street, between 14th and 15th Streets in Phoenix, contains several murals by notable artists.   Soak in Aztec Smurf’s impressive aquatic creation.   Bow down to Isaac Caruso’s ode to the Hindu god Ganesh.   Enjoy Andy Brown’s eclectic offering.   Walk alongside Thomas “Breeze” Marcus’ distinctive style.   Gaze at Osiris Rain’s peaceful portrait.  ...

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The flowers are blooming along the Grand Canal, perfectly complementing the murals painted earlier this year during Phoenix Mural Fest. Take a stroll to enjoy the spring-like symbiosis while it lasts.   @iamundefinedart Palo verde sprouts sanguinely from Tiesha Harrison’s portrait.   @liliana__moraart The wildflowers in front of Liliana Mora’s mural match her painted white background and yellow accents.   @arianaa_belen White oleander provides a frame for Ariana Enriquez’s colorful flora and fauna mural.  ...

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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...

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One of the things I like most about mural hunting is that it takes me off my beaten path and introduces me to neighborhoods and buildings that I might not have noticed otherwise. It gives me license to explore alleyways, to walk around all sides of a building, to wander down unknown streets in search of beauty. Case in point, I was recently searching for El Mac’s Southwest Goddess. I knew it was somewhere on...

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Tucson’s murals loom large, with many spanning several stories and stretching across entire sides of buildings. Here are a few can’t-miss favorites to look for while exploring Downtown Tucson. Joe Pagac This epic mural sprawls across 4,000 square feet at 534 North Stone Avenue. It shows a cowboy and a woman riding bicycles into blue skies. The woman’s dress billows behind her, morphing into a sunset backdrop for a trio of animal buddies, also riding...

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Driving along Grand Avenue in Downtown Phoenix, it becomes obvious that you have entered an arts district. There are numerous galleries, a print shop (yes those still exist, thank you Hazel & Violet) and colorful creations hanging from the trees. Most eye-catching, though, are the murals of all different sizes, styles and colors. Here are just a few of the many murals to take in. The young man in a cowboy hat painted by El Mac...

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Black Lives Matter posters prominently adorn the windows of Hotel Congress in Tucson, side by side with posters promoting mask wearing, an image quintessentially 2020. On the side of Hotel Congress is a mural by Camila Ibarra that perfectly encapsulates the two messages. A masked-up Black woman exudes power, clenched fists of solidarity rising above her. Ibarra is a student at Arizona State University. She has been selling prints and t-shirts of her artwork to...

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As I spotted the building on the corner of 15th Avenue and Polk Street, I slowed the car and craned my neck in wonderment. Then I promptly did a U-turn, parked, and hopped out of the car with phone in hand like a giddy tourist. The building is covered with murals, consisting of varying styles and colors, ranging from vibrant to grayscale. Flora + Fauna by Eric Cox and Tara Sharpe This striking mural uses...

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Street artists are painting their signs of protest throughout Phoenix, using their medium to amplify the call for change. Love Fights Back by @lovefightsbackaz Love Fights Back is a newly formed collaborative of artists, inspired by recent events to come together to champion equality. Their mural is located near Van Buren Street and Fifteenth Avenue. It is most easily viewed from the Dollar General parking lot. The words of their mural, Love Fights Back, pop...

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Protest can take many forms. Valley muralists are showing that art is one of them. Six muralists came together to create a Black Lives Matter wall in downtown Phoenix. Each artist covered a segment of the wall using their own individual style. The wall is located on Third Street, just south of McKinley Street. Just Dixon The grayscale portion closest to the street was done by Giovannie “Just” Dixon. He is currently based in Denver,...

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Want to observe art from the comfort and safety of your car? Drive by these larger-than-life murals in the Downtown Phoenix area. El Oso Plateado and the Machine by Nevercrew An extinct Mexican grizzly (the silver bear from the title) floats on the side of the Novel Coworking Heard Building, located on Central Avenue, just north of CityScape. The front and back of the bear seem to be holographs projected from the machines depicted at...

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While art museums and galleries may be temporarily closed, you can still get your art fix on Roosevelt Row by exploring the vast amount of street art on view. These days, pedestrians are few and far between, so you’ll be able to safely explore murals like these while responsibly social distancing.   Not Another Bird Mural in Phoenix by Kayla Newnam As you head east on Roosevelt, you won’t be able to miss Kayla Newnam’s...

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