City Paint Phoenix 7 – Southwest Goddess

I’ve seen it referred to as “The Phoenix Goddess” in a few different locations, but the artist, El Mac, refers to it as Southwest Goddess on his website…click here if you’d like to check it out for yourself.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac 1

The directions I found on-line on how to find the mural states simply that it’s in an alley south of McDowell Road between  3rd and 5th Avenues…another set of directions indicate that it’s on an essentially hidden wall of the Laird Apartments at 317 West McDowell Road.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac 2

I happened to find it through the first directions, driving up and down alleyways….  There were two other murals close-by, one of which you can see in green paint on the left side of the first image above.  I may feature them in a later post.

Phoenix Goddess by El Mac close-up

The fact that the mural is on the east-facing wall of the apartments might have something to do with it remaining in such good condition after being there for 10 years.

Phoenix Goddess city skyline shadows by El Mac

This is the fourth mural by El Mac that I’ve featured in the City Paint series…two others in Phoenix and one in Salt Lake City.  I have already collected images of two of his other murals in the Phoenix area and know where a third one is, but haven’t gotten to it yet with my camera.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac last

If you’ve enjoyed viewing this fine example of street art, spray-paint murals, building art, or whatever else you’d like to call it, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget to see more posts containing this genre of art from both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, Utah.

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26 responses

  1. WingedLing

    Gorgeous. Is it commissioned?

    February 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    • I don’t know if it was commissioned, if someone paid him to do a specific image for a particular reason. He doesn’t go into detail on his website, and he wasn’t writing his blog in 2004 when he did the work, so there’s nothing there either….

      February 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      • WingedLing

        It’s great stuff either way. Thanks for sharing

        February 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

        • It certainly is…and you’re welcome. 🙂

          February 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm

  2. Such amazing artistry! I’ve only been to Phoenix once during this trip (to the airport) The traffic sorta scared me away from wanting to go back. I still have several weeks here – maybe…

    March 1, 2015 at 3:12 am

    • Sunday mornings would be a good time to drive through town, on the freeways or on the city streets…..

      March 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

  3. Reblogged this on Urban Paintings.

    March 1, 2015 at 7:17 am

    • Thank you for the reblog. 🙂

      March 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm

  4. I wonder, after working on such a huge scale, if they can still create art on a standard size canvas, like 16X20. It seems like it would be tough, but maybe not.

    March 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    • I’ve looked through this guy’s web-page and seen several pieces that were of normal scale…prints, pencil drawings, etc…all still very compelling.

      March 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  5. Incredible that someone has the ability to do that!

    March 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    • It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it?

      March 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

  6. How very lovely. I cannot imagine painting something on that scale. What incredible talent!

    March 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    • I agree, 100%…absolutely incredible.

      March 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  7. Magnificent work. I regret that I can’t see it with my own eyes, and thank you so much for sharing it.

    March 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

    • It is magnificent, Shimon…and I am very happy to share it with you. 🙂

      March 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  8. LB

    I’m glad you mentioned a possible reason for the art to be in such great condition. The artwork is incredible!! Gives such an appearance of softness … on cinderblock!

    March 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    • Yes, such softness on cinder-block…go figure. 🙂

      March 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

  9. Incredible artwork. Thank you for bringing this to us Scott!

    March 3, 2015 at 4:44 am

    • Very welcome, Adrian…it’s hard not to share something like this….

      March 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

  10. What a fabulous mural and so well captured, Scott.

    March 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    • Thank you, Andy…and yes, rather fabulous. I happened to drive past two new murals while they were actually being painted today…one on ground level and the other artist was up on a scaffolding. I shall return tomorrow with my camera…..

      March 10, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      • I will look forward to seeing the results.

        March 11, 2015 at 6:41 am

        • I shall be posting them. 🙂

          March 11, 2015 at 7:31 am

  11. I love the silhouette sky in the background, with the telephone poles and lines.

    March 7, 2015 at 11:28 am

    • I think it’s supposed to represent the actual location where the image is located…the poles and wires and building walls look very similar in their silhouette forms when seen with the actual poles and wires…I almost said “live” poles and wires……. Anyway…there they are. 🙂

      March 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm

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