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Heading Downtown?

October 4, 2010 by Candace Porth

Next time you’re heading Downtown to your favorite restaurant, gallery, concert, sports event, First Friday, Third Friday, Phoenix Public Market, or one of the many upcoming 20 Years of Progress events, take Indian School Road and you can catch a couple of interesting murals that don’t quite qualify as Downtown Phoenix art, geographically. On the northeast corner of 20th Street and Indian School, check out one of the most famous icons of all. Marilyn Monroe graces the Truckmasters building at 2020 E. Indian School Road. The view is actually better if you turn north onto 20th Street and look to your right.

MM long

MM Torso

MM Face

I haven’t found out anything about the artist, signed “Medina ’02.”

Two blocks west, as you keep heading toward Downtown, on 19th Street, just north of Indian School, you will see this elaborate mural.

Convertible 1

Good thing there wasn’t much traffic because she didn’t have her eyes on the road.

Convertible 2

What’s she doing? Oh, she’s towing her boyfriend, who is lucky enough to be beating the heat.

Water Skier

This trompe l’oeil goes on and on up the street.

Mural Long Shot

Mural Longer Shot

It’s all part of this building’s property.

Wave on Bldg 2

Wave on Bldg

X Gate Close

Pretty colorful for a commercial building. We used to see the artist painting this mural, little by little, in the evenings a few years ago but I never found out his name nor do I see it anywhere obvious on the mural. This building, unfortunately, seems to be a casualty of the economy as it appears vacant and has a “For Sale” sign. Hopefully, its next owner will find it as interesting and fanciful as I do and leave it intact.

Part of the journey Downtown is getting there and these interesting murals will add a little color to your trip.


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