City Paint Phoenix 2 – Hair Pollution

It’s been a few weeks since I started the City Paint Phoenix series, but here’s the second installment…all images were taken the same morning as the first of the series, City Paint Phoenix 1 – “Old Man Phoenix.”  I don’t have a single image of the entire mural, as I would have had to stand a couple of dozen feet further away, and doing so would have brought me fully into the morning sun, so please try to imagine these first six images linked together from left to right, and you’ll have the entire mural.  This piece of art is on the west-facing wall of a salon named, “Hair Pollution,” at 1524 E McDowell Road in Phoenix proper.  I’m not sure how long the mural has been on this wall, but I found various links to it on-line, dating from 2012…when the paint was much less faded by the Arizona sun.

The second collection of photographs are close-ups or isolation shots of the various components, elements of the greater mural that struck me as significant in their singularity and caused me to wonder at how and why they might or could be related in such a way that would cause the artist, Joerael Julian Elliott, to combine them in this presentation.  By the way, if you follow the link to the artist’s website, you’ll find (among other fantastic and wonderful things) a photo of the mural in its full form if you click on the “Public, and then the “Street” tabs.  Also, please remember that you can click on any image to be taken to a slide-show that provides an even closer look at each photograph.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this second showing in the series of City Paint Phoenix…a representation of some of the street and building art that I’ve found during my commute and wanderings in my new and old home of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  If you’d like to see earlier postings, from both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and find the Categories widget…click on Street Art – Graffiti, and you’ll be taken to a continuous scroll of those earlier posts.  Thank you for visiting….


17 responses

  1. What a shame that you couldn’t capture it complete. Maybe there is some hour of the day that it would be easier.

    September 28, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • Hello Shimon…it’s not too far from my place of work, so it would be easy enough to get there at a better hour, but this is the main parking lot for the business, so there will be many cars parked up next to the building during the day. Maybe I’ll get down there on some Sunday afternoon when the light is better and there are no cars…..

      September 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

      • Looking forward to the next attempt, Thanks, Scott

        September 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

        • And thank you, too, Shimon.

          September 30, 2014 at 7:27 am

  2. Wow! There is so much to take in when looking at it. And, what I see may not be the same as what someone else sees. Very cool work of art.

    September 29, 2014 at 2:29 am

    • It is quite a busy piece, Laura…and yes, definitely a very cool piece of art.

      September 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

  3. It’s too bad the sun bleached out the colors, but I suppose that’s part of the deal with this kind of art. It’s still interesting, nonetheless.

    September 29, 2014 at 4:45 am

    • You’re right, Allen…it’s part of the deal with building art like this…it’s going to fade with time and exposure to the elements…and yes, it’s still very interesting…with all of the eyes and hands…..

      September 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

  4. Interesting and engaging, love the passion and creativity that goes into this medium…The photos are really great.

    September 29, 2014 at 8:10 am

    • If you were able to check-out the link to the artist’s site, you will have seen that this is a particular style of his, much of his work has elements seen in this mural. I think it’s fascinating…and thank you, Charlie.

      September 30, 2014 at 7:28 am

  5. A highly sophisticated and imaginative piece which holds together despite all the disparate ideas…. Thanks, Scot for bringing it to us.

    September 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

    • I thought it was very compelling, John…worthy of another look, or an extended one, anyway. You’re welcome, my friend, and thank you, too, for being here.

      September 30, 2014 at 7:29 am

  6. Quite different from the stuff you were shooting in Salt Lake.

    September 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    • Quite different, indeed, Gunta. 🙂

      September 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

  7. An extraordinary tour de force.

    September 30, 2014 at 2:08 am

    • Yes, it is, Andy…this is some incredible work.

      September 30, 2014 at 7:31 am

  8. Absolutely stunning. I’m a great fan of good graffiti and this is good.

    October 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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