City Paint Phoenix 24 – Salt River Pima-Maricopa Woman

If you have been following the blog for some time, you might recognize the art/artist presented in this current installment of City Paint Phoenix.

The artist goes by the name of “El Mac” and he has painted murals all over the United States and across the globe.

I have shared images of his other works on at least six other occasions…which you can find by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the Category, “Street Art – Graffiti,” or by simply clicking on the highlighted link.

As you can read in this article in AZCentral.com, the image is based upon an actual person, a teenaged Native American girl who lives on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which is located just east of Scottsdale.

For those of you who live in, or are going to visit the Phoenix area, you can find the 45 foot tall mural on the southeast corner of the building at 111 W Monroe Street, just one block south of the better known Van Buren Street, and one block west of Central Avenue, in the heart of downtown Phoenix. There is metered parking on the north side of the building, but if you’re only going to be there for a few minutes, you could probably get away with parking in the alley on the south side, as I did. A security officer came out of the building to check on my truck parked in the alley, but he just smiled, said “Good morning,” and then walked away as he saw me with my camera admiring the mural.

El Mac painted the main feature of the mural and his friend and collaborator, Breeze, painted the decorative trim that we see in brighter colors surrounding the mural and extending around the building and down the walls.

And again…

After viewing the mural the first time and having taken multiple photographs with my phone, I purposed to return the next morning with my camera to make some “real” images, which I did.

I should also add that I left the scene that first morning with something of a lightness of spirit…like an inspiration or a feeling of calm…like it didn’t matter that I still had to go to work for eight hours and be stuck inside an office or talk to people with whom I really didn’t want to talk…it was okay. I was further touched each time I got out my camera during the day to look at the images again and again.

Maybe it was the serenity and hopefulness that I could see in the young woman’s expression…

…or maybe I was still awestruck from having been in the presence of a simple beauty that transcended even the need for words to describe it.

7 responses

  1. Nice photos, and the story in the article was interesting. The time frame, especially. Without reason, I thought it took a lot less time to paint murals.

    I also get a different take on — or identify differently with — the image. Namely, I see it as contemplating a place far away . . . calmer . . . peaceful . . . perhaps without many of the people who impede calm and peace.

    April 25, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    • I would imagine that it took much less time to paint the mural than it did to get someone appropriate who would allow them to apply it to their building…I think that was what made it take so long.

      And I like you take on the mural, Emilio…especially “perhaps without many of the people who impede calm and peace.”

      May 23, 2021 at 6:01 pm

  2. The mural does provide a sense of peace and hope… a bit wistful. The artwork is marvelous. Thanks for posting this. It’s a masterpiece. I like the texture that the bricks provide. I simply can’t imagine creating something so wonderful. The artist is pretty amazing. So is Seekraz who shares it with us! ☺️

    April 26, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    • Yes, the artist is pretty amazing, Gunta. I don’t know if you had a chance to click on the link and check out his other art, but he’s got murals all over the place…some incredible pieces in LA, Cambodia, Spain, El Paso…. Wonderful stuff.

      May 23, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      • Yes indeed, I did browse El Mac’s website… his artwork is pretty amazing. Lucky you to get to see some of his stuff in real life (so to speak!)

        May 23, 2021 at 6:34 pm

  3. How wonderful that this work lightened your spirits so. .

    May 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    • It truly did, Lynn…like reading a story that touches and then stays with you.

      May 23, 2021 at 6:03 pm

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