Title: Tile Murals, Stephen Farley (1999)
Location: Broadway Boulevard & Barazza-Aviation Parkway
Details: Based on a photo of a bus passing through the Broadway
underpass in 1969.
These tile murals are really quite wonderful. They are all based
on photos taken at various places in Tucson over the years, and offer a
sometimes personal glimpse of the city's past that isn't immediately
apparent in other ways. I like this one of the bus, both for its
window into the city's past and for its decoration of what would be an
otherwise drab roadway wall.
This shows that utilitarian roadways can strive to be more than
concrete and steel. Instead, they can offer up color, history, a small
diversion from the monotonous hum of tires on the road, or just
something that says, "Yes, we have to have the highways, but they don't
have to be UGLY."
This (and the other murals near this intersection) does just that, and
offers a respite from an otherwise ordinary intersection.
Copyright © 2004 S. Halversen. All rights