You might remember that in the last City Paint post about the mermaid knitting her tail, I mentioned another mural about Native American/Pacific Islander myths being melded into one vision, or something like that….well, this is that mural. I didn’t to into much detail about it in the earlier post, but the owner of the building told me that this mural represents the joining of myths from these two cultures…or the one people trying to understand or view the other through that other’s totem or spirit animal. You can see by the alignment of figures, from left to right, that the Pacific Islander is looking toward the right…through the Native American’s spirit animal, the wolf, to his own spirit animal, the whale…and the Native American on the far right is looking through the whale to his own animal on the far left. That’s what I understood, anyway…and I hope it’s a fair representation in word of what the artist meant to portray when he explained it to the building owner….or what I understood the building owner to say about what the artist said…….hmm…..
If you will click on the first image in this first gallery, you’ll see the mural entire…the next four images are segments of the mural when viewed from left to right.
The second gallery contains isolation shots of what I thought were some of the more interesting portions of the mural….
And lastly, these are some angled shots that give yet another perspective….to what I think is a fascinating and remarkable bit of building art. If you’re new to the gallery presentation of the images, you can click on any photo to be taken to a slide-show presentation of the images where you can view them in a larger format.
…and I said I’d be going back to capture some images of the work. I didn’t get there the next day, like I had hoped, but I did manage to get there a little later when the mural was complete.
Coincidentally, the owner of the building (Joseph…or maybe it was James….?) was walking out to his vehicle as I was driving mine into the parking lot. After asking if it was OK to be there on the property and make some photos, I asked the man if he knew anything about the mural. He mentioned that an artist from Hong Kong was actually brought into town to create the mural as part of the Paint Phoenix 2015 paint festival….and that this is a mermaid weaving (knitting?) her tail. Joseph also mentioned something about it being the subject of a Chinese myth, but maybe I misunderstood or got that part of the conversation mixed-up with another part in which he was discussing a Native American/Pacific Islander combination mural that’s on the other side of the building…which I shall be featuring here shortly. And finally, Joseph/James, also told me about a couple of other locations nearby where I could find some wall murals painted by other artists who participated in the event…again…to be shown in another post.
To wrap-up the post, I’ve included a small gallery of some isolation images that you can click on to see in greater detail.
And as always, if you’d like to see more of the City Paint Phoenix posts, or even earlier images of street art in Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Street Art – Graffiti title under the Categories widget to be taken to a continuous feed of the posts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I found this “shed-sized” mural on the other side of the parking lot behind the Barrio Cafe at 2814 N 16th St. This entire area contains houses, restaurants, sports shops, and alley walls that have been decorated with street art…some of it is easier to understand or conceptualize, and some of it is in abstract form that simply entertains in its presentation and demonstrates the skill of the artists.
A closer look….
…and credits…for the Medicine Paint Art Collective and Impact Project. You can click on this link to be taken to the home page of the organization if you’d like to learn more about them….
The images from this next installment of City Paint Phoenix are from my first tour of the city with the intent of documenting its street art. I made them on August 10 of 2014…and if you notice that the angle and the lighting are a bit off, or awkward, or could simply be better, do note that I began shooting at 9:15 in the morning and, while the sun was clearly up and above the horizon, it had not yet made it up above this building, so I was not able to stand far enough away to make straight-on images, as the sun would have been shining directly into the camera. At any rate, here’s what I found. This mural is located on the back and west facing side of the Barrio Cafe, among other shops, at the address of 2814 N 16th Street. The Barrio Cafe has its own bit of artwork, so I will feature all of that in another post.
The first three images are looking north along the building…and the gallery that follows includes photos taken while walking back toward the south.
Remember that you can click on any image in the gallery to be taken to the slide show that presents each image in a larger format.
If you’d like to see a photo series of the mural actually being composed, click on this link to Calle 16 Mural Project’s Facebook page and scroll down to entries dated 12/30/2012. It’s rather fascinating seeing it all come together. And…if you’d like to see more posts on street art and graffiti in both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget.
If you remember the City Paint post about the Urban Jungle, you might recall that I mentioned that I was allowed access to the property by “someone nearby;” this happened to be the staff at the Utah Arts Alliance (UAA). Before I ventured over to make the photos of the jungle scene on the adjacent lot, I took advantage of the opportunity to capture some photos of the murals that the UAA had on the side of their building.
I couldn’t find any artist information for the next two panels. They measure somewhere around 10 x 10 feet square and are on the building just to the left of the above image.
This next one looks like it belongs in a gallery somewhere…can you imagine creating it on the side of a building and then leaving it out in the elements of the weather?
I didn’t speak with the arts alliance staff about the following gallery, so I don’t know if they’ve even properly titled it, but I refer to it as the “Legends” mural because of the status of the personalities shown…they are singers, composers, actors, philosophers, authors, scientists, and even social activists. The mural was painted by a street art duo known as Weird Chief. If you’d like, you can click on their highlighted name and be taken to their web-site to read their bios and see more of their work.
Here’s another gallery of some close-up images of the mural –
And lastly, this is what the mural looks like complete…minus the “far right” panel that is actually on a smaller segment of adjoining wall that is just off-frame to the right.
If you’d like to see more examples of Salt Lake City’s street and building art as I’ve presented them in this City Paint series, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Street Art – Graffiti” category to be taken to a continuous feed of the earlier posts.