The artwork of local, national, and international muralists is on display in the City of Tucson. A new map from the City's GIS team shows the location of the murals and explains what they mean.
Throughout these works, the region's natural landscape, heritage, and resilience are prominent. Mountain vistas and desert flora set the stage for defining events in the city's cultural history such as the All Souls Procession and the capture of John Dillinger.
Elsewhere, agave, javelina, and jackalopes take over, reminding us of our deep ties with the region's natural environment and the mythos that surrounds.
Use this map as a guide to experience the murals, which are mostly located in and around Downtown Tucson.
Image above: This contemplative underwater scene, Harboring Beauty, asks us to consider the beauty obfuscated by things we consider undesirable or ugly. To achieve the compelling facial expressions on the individuals and perhaps add further gravity to the mural's message, Joe Pagac paid homeless men and women to pose for him.