Monday, July 10, 2006

Broadway Tile Canvases

Detail from photo mosaic wall created by artist Steve Farley. Farley asked the public to submit photos of their families taken between 1930 and 1960 in downtown Tucson. He received 215 and selected 14 to make 4 mosaic walls. This is a photo of part of the largest wall, 18 ft tall and 158 ft wide, on Broadway Avenue.

Every photo has a story, like the second from the left of Eleanore Morris, taken in 1938. She had just moved to Tucson from Chicago leaving behind friends and family. Her doctor told her she had a year to live with a respiratory disease and advised her
Tucson would be her best chance. She was celebrating her 80th birthday at the time the photo was submitted by her family.

The mosaics were created by transferring photos scanned into a computer onto ceramic tiles. More about the Broadway Tile Canvases here. A larger version of Eleanore's panel below.

4 Comments:

Blogger luggi said...

A great example of public art.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

Hi Luggi - I like how that made it about the actual people who have lived here a long time. Tucson does some pretty cool public art.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

what a great project! and concidence the cars are all white blending well with art. Just love it! i shall keep this idea in mind :)

5:04 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

Hi Kris - One of the great things about doing this blog is that it has motivated me to find out a lot more about where I've lived for something like 16 years. I didn't mention in the blog but the photo mosaic panel are just down the road from the Rattlesnake bridge.

11:02 PM  

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