City Paint Phoenix 13 – Muscle Man of Roosevelt Community Church

Appearing on the east-facing wall of the Roosevelt Community Church at 924 N. 1st Street, in Phoenix, this familiar sight finally became subject for one of my stops during a photographic excursion that included the abstract net-art that I featured in this earlier post, Her Secret is Patience.  This was a rather fruitful venture, as it provided fodder for at least another five City Paint Phoenix features that will appear here in the next several weeks.

I won’t claim to have any understanding, knowledge, or insight into the meaning of the mural or its significance on the side of a church building whose congregation purports to be open-minded and accepting of all peoples, etc., etc., but I will suggest that maybe it has something to do with the connectedness of the members of the human species, as displayed by the red-meat that we all possess beneath our variously hued external coverings of skin…rising from the dust of the earth…and then, maybe…our spirit/energy/soul/etc. transcending our terrestrial trappings and going out into the ether to join the rest of the cosmos…etc., etc., and so on…I don’t know.  I already said that…I just don’t know.  But here it is anyway, an intriguing mural along Roosevelt Row, another contribution to the local street-art scene.

Muscle man mural of Roosevelt Community Church

The only artist attribution I could find for the mural was a single article in a local newspaper that provided three names – Bishop Ortega, Larry Valencia, and Anthony Vasquez.

As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest addition to the City Paint Phoenix street art series…and I thank you for visiting.  I think it would be fun to hear/read what you think of the mural and what it might mean.  I know there are several friends here who have extensive experience in the art world…so please feel free to share your thoughts….


9 responses

  1. Maybe he’s a giant dreaming of the giant’s causeway.

    July 5, 2015 at 8:20 am

  2. . . . ‘we are hexagons, and to hexagons we’ll return’ . . .

    This is hotly contested by the octagonites and the tetragoninians. The tetrahedronians think they are all crazy.

    July 5, 2015 at 8:31 am

  3. I think you’re onto something there Scott. Certainly colour is only skin deep and being broken down into molecules and atoms and transcending the Universe, presumably upwards in a heavenly direction, seems a fairly safe bet I’d say.

    July 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  4. You’ve shown us that Phoenix has a lot of great murals, including this one. Meaning is personal, I think, and there’s never a correct meaning. Even if an artist has something specific that she/he intends to convey, and makes it as obvious as possible, different people will come away with different experiences, and nothing’s wrong with that. No failure. No failure on the part of the artist or the spectator, as long as the heart is alive.

    July 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm

  5. I think this guy escaped from a medical textbook… or do they still have them things done up on real paper with binding and all these days? 😉

    July 5, 2015 at 11:22 pm

  6. mfryan

    Very cool piece!

    July 6, 2015 at 3:36 am

  7. I think bluebrightly nailed it! A million (and one) ways to take it!

    July 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

  8. Enjoyed the image and what it says…

    July 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

  9. LB

    Scott, I truly do enjoy the street art that you share with us. And I read through the comments to see what everyone’s guess as to the meaning was. Me? I’m fascinated by the guy and stumped by the geometry.
    Maybe that’s it? Smooth, flexible muscle; sharp, inflexible hexagon.

    July 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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