Sunday, August 06, 2006

Martin Luther King Jr Apartments

Check out this wonderful story about this building and a walk through Tucson. "Tia" means "aunt".

Basically I'm going to do a walk through downtown Tucson starting from yesterday's photo (which I changed to one that better leads into today's photo). This apartment building is just east of the bus station. An otherwise drab building and yet there is this whole huge mosaic covering the width of the building, 4 stories up.

When I look at the detail from this telephoto shot, I think about the fact that it appears to be, has to
be, hand made, tiles laid down one at a time.


Blogger Mile Stones said...

Hi Louz, once again great to see "living" tiles, which resonates so clearly with here!
Isn't it a shame the whole MLK jr building doesn't get a whole top-to-toe panel to hide that mud-colour? The idea was great, but it needs to be finished.Prohibitive costs, I suppose.
And good to know those 2 serial killers were apprehended, even if it's Phoenix, not Tucson!

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Blogger Kate said...

The top photo has the appearance of an old-fashioned quilt. Nice!

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Blogger Louz said...

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11:41 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

It is public housing, for low income elderly people. The reality is that its very unlikely they'll improve it.

I've always loved quilts Kate so I come to mosaics from that direction too.

Check out the link I added. Says a lot about this building, Tucson's change from hispanic to anglo dominated business and culture and downtown in general.

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