Saturday, August 23, 2008

RRPC: Public Art, Privately Provided, Part Two

As I was compiling my Round Robin entry last night, I found myself getting bogged down with what one might call the kitschy, Roadside America end of the public art spectrum. I spent at least an hour searching for my photos of dinosaurs and giant lumberjacks, and although I didn't find everything I wanted, I still ended up with far too much material for a single entry. So here we go: Public Art, Part Two: Prehistoric Pitchmen and Other Outdated Artifacts of Advertising Art Americana. Or something like that!

First stop on our tour of Tucson's roadside art: the Dinosaur McDonald's at Grant and Tanque Verde:

There he is! the T. Rex McSaurus!

(Thanks for Sara for the nickname suggestion.)

The world's friendliest T. Rex? Maybe.

Look at the evidence. He waves an American flag on the Fourth of July, and at Christmas he wears antlers and pulls a sleigh. Nice lizard! On the other hand...

Red means stop! Violators will be eaten!

Not content with the cameras that record red light runners at key intersections, the city has hired our friend to take more drastic measures as needed.

The other dinosaur checks her reflection.

Around back is another dinosaur with her babies. She's a Maiasaura (meaning "good mother lizard").

Don't cry, baby dinosaur!

And here are her babies. I don't why the mother and baby both get the eye discharge. Maybe it's genetic. Or maybe they're both just upset about something.

What? No Shamrock Shakes? But...but...!

Next stop: El Toro, the Brave Black Bull. He and his matador have been hanging out in the Casa Molina Restaurant parking lot (on Speedway near Wilmot) since the late 1940s.

"We've both seen better days, old friend."

He currently needs a new coat of paint, and I wish people would stop giving him star, see for yourself.

Does this mean I'm marching in a parade?

Nearby is another large herbivore, the Winged Bison of Copper Country.

Not many winged bisons like to ride in boats.

I previously showed you the bizarre bison when he was in a silver space suit, standing next to a flying saucer, in honor of the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's Mars Lander. This week he's thanking our nation's military by standing on a red, white and blue boat.

Does this color look good on me?

He's not one to pick a look and go with it, our winged bison friend. The first time I saw him, he was hot pink!

I made a number of other stops today, including Fort Lowell to see a somewhat more traditional statue, and OK Feed and Grain, where a painted pony stands on the roof. They don't quite fit my criteria for this entry, so those shots will have to wait for another time. And the full complement of critters and mythological figures is still at Magic Carpet Golf, months and months after the place closed. You can see a bunch of shots, some of them from past RRPCs, by following my Magic Carpet Golf tag. And of course there's also the Kon Tiki, the classic tiki lounge that I've photographed at least twice before, including an outdoor tiki head. But no tour of Tucson's roadside Americana-style public art would be complete without a pilgrimage to two more local landmarks:

No, he's not Paul Bunyan, or a Muffler Man.*

He's Glenn Stone, the axe murderer!

*See Roadside America for the story of the muffler men.

Okay, I take it back. He is both a Paul Bunyan and a muffler man, and he's never hurt anyone as far as I know. I've told his story before. His name, Glenn Stone, comes from the fact that he stands at the corner of Glenn and Stone. At the moment, his shirt needs cleaning (birds, you know), and his face needs a touch up. Also, his right arm looks as though he's undergone Tommy John surgery. Or something.

The last one I had trouble finding. I couldn't remember which street it was on, anywhere from Oracle to Campbell, from Grant to Roger. It eventually turned up on First near Grant. Behold: the giant concrete wine bottle!

I could swear it used to look much more interesting.


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Carly - Posted!

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Outpost Mâvarin

Momma - Posted!
Sandcastle Momma

TJ - Posted! 8/23
TJ's Photo Blog

Annie - Posted!
Pictures of Craziness


Me and My Phone - Posted!

Wammy - Posted!
The Ellis Family Cincinnati

Vicki - Posted!

Molly - Posted!
Return of the White Robin

Photo Blog (Private blog)

Pamela - Posted!
The Dust Will Wait

Swampy - Posted!
Anecdotes, Antidotes, & Anodes

Instantaneous Exsistence

Em Dy - Posted!
Captured Beat

Jama Hameed - Posted!
Sweet Memories

Jennifer Robin - Posted!
Robin's Woods

Teena - Posted!
It's all about me!

Gattina - Posted!
Keyhole Pictures

Charish -Posted!

Maryt - Posted!
Work of the Poet


TJ said...

Those dinos are darling..the baby's.
Had to call in my grandaughter to look, she loved it all and wants to go...
Thanks for sharing.

Teena in Toronto said...

Wow! You had a lot!

I played too :)

MyMaracas said...

All your entries are so much fun! I particularly like the winged buffalo LOL.

Glad to see someone else did traditional statues, too. I thought about searching out some major artist or other, but found myself saying, "Why so serious?" Yours brought a lot of smiles today.

Sandcastle Momma said...

I love the McD's dinos! How cool it is that you have a Bison that changes LOL
I knew we'd see some interesting stuff from you and you did not disappoint!

Gattina said...

Hahaha ! that's a great collection of statues ! I love the Dinosaurs I am soooo scared ! Especially when it sits under a red light !