Title: Unknown, by Unknown
Location: West side of 10th Avenue, just south of 29th Street.
Details: Ceramic tile with copper cutouts of coyote, rabbits,
prairie dogs, and a tortoise and hare.
Here's another of the sound barrier walls along South Tenth Avenue.
While many of the others represent life and cultures of people, this
one represents some of the other life that abounds in Arizona. All are,
appropriately, sculpted from copper. The hammered copper provides
texture and dimension to each animal or plant, drawing the viewer
closer and inviting him or her to touch and run his or her fingers
across the rabbits or coyote. Perhaps, in a small way, this wall gives
the viewer a better appreciation for some of the wild animals still
living in this neighborhood (Tucson proper supports quite a number of
coyotes: some estimates put the total at around 250).
I like the hammered copper designs on this wall, standing out against
the blue background. Each of the walls is different, and adds a
touch of whimsy to the neighborhood. This wall, with its
combination of color and sculpture, is particularly well done, to my
way of thinking. Whether it is supposed to represent the race
between the tortoise and the hare, or to depict creatures of the
Sonoran Desert, doesn't really matter, because, either way, it's a fun
piece of artwork, and contributes its story to the South Tucson
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