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PPAC #6: Art on Hwy 89 Phippen Art Museum

This is week 6 of PPAC which my co-host, Cee Neuner is hosting. I wanted to combine it with #Tree Squares so I don’t miss a single day of July. I found some amazing public art, visible right from the highway going our of Prescott.

Public art is encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks or outdoor public places.

Featured Bloggers

I had a marvelous response from all of you on last week’s PPAC #5. Cee picked out the featured bloggers and says “thank you” to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Their posts really grabbed Cee’s attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look. Next week I will choose the PPAC Featured Bloggers from Cee’s participants this week.

My goal for this month for #Tree Squares was to start at home in Prescott, AZ and spiral away, highlighting trees farther and farther away from my home. However, since the Public Art I found is in Prescott, I came back home for #TreeSquares #26. Today trees are falling second to Public Art, but they mesh well. This post is also linked to Denyse Whelen’s blog through her Share Your Snaps Link.

Prescott Drive #2: Outside Phippen Art Museum

Highway 89 out of Prescott carves through the Granite Dells. As it emerges into a round-about, Phippen Art Museum beckons from the right side. Today my friends Linda and Becka and I drove over there to check out the sculptures visible from the road, and some that you might miss going by quickly.

We arrived and parked our buggy at the Phippen Art Museum. (around the corner from this beautiful replica of 19th century transportation.)

Looking across Highway 89 the majestic Granite Dells jut abruptly into the air. Pictured is the parking lot for The Constellation Trail through the dells. It’s quite a stunning walk for a later post.

Wagon horses made of scrap metal guard the museum as they graze getting ready for their next journey.
Horses outback are visible from the Museum parking lot, but hidden from a quick drive by shooting (photo, of course.)

One of the horses, out of the reach of the shade of the tree, is either sleeping, or may have fallen.
Chief Joseph Nez Pierce oversees his valley and Granite Dells noting that white settlers have built a permanent looking shelter on his tribal lands.
The cabin needing and getting some much needed repairs. Either that or this is a crime scene.

Peeking out from the front porch, occupants could clearly see the imposing statue of Chief Nez Pierce, and quake.

Chief Nez Pierce as seen from the front porch.
Barbed wire was the symbol of the end of the prairie, free grazing, and a way of life of the native Americans.

I’ll leave you with a shot of the Chief gazing into the future. I doubt if he could have envisioned this sight in the future.

From one tiny cabin in the middle of acres to the growth of the city of Prescott.

See you all on Friday for PPAC #7 here on Always Write. Also, I’d love to have you get ready for #WQWWC topic of EXCITING coming up on Wednesday or link your response to this week’s #WQWWC to RELAX.


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    • Aren’t they so amazing, Jo? Horses with no souls looking more soulful than horses with souls, if horses have souls, I guess. You are welcome for the link. Had I been choosing, I couldn’t have resisted the smile in your first picture. You had an amazing post full of fabulous art. We take turns choosing, but that gives us two times to promote our participants. I don’t think I did it the first few times, so I will go back at some point and add them. I’m still learning and experimenting at being a host. 🙂

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  1. First off, I love how you copied the featured list…I may have to follow along and do the same here out.

    I love the metal horses and the saddle over the mailbox. They are my pick from your wonderful photos. 😀 😀

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    • That was a streak of slapping myself in the face – Why haven’t I done this all along? Plus, I went back to congratulate them all and realized I missed one person’s post. I don’t know how I do that, so it’s great to be partners. I loved the same ones, too. Those horses were far away, and quite a bumpy walk to get closer. I was holding up two wonderful patient ladies who allowed me to shoot the pictures before our hike. I could have taken more shots. But that was plenty for one post.

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  2. You made it in time to link up for Life This Week, Marsha! What an interesting array of public art. We so need to learn more about first inhabitants of our land too and gradually we are getting there. I pay my respects to them on my blog in a statement that I added about a year ago.

    Thank you for being part of this week’s Life This Week link up. I enjoy seeing the posts linked by the community of friendly bloggers every Monday …and you are one of those. Next week’s optional prompt is Question. I hope to see you then. Denyse.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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