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PPAC #17: Walking Behind Scottsdale’s Arty Freeways

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.

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Cee had a marvelous response from all of you on last week’s PPAC #16. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week.  Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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Please check out my PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) to check out more of what this challenge is about.

  • Seasonal Displays
  • Graffiti or Murals, Wall Art
  • Statues and Sculptures
  • Store Windows
  • Car Shows
  • Artistic Construction (Bridge, benches and buildings)

A Visit Behind the Scenes in Scottsdale

Most freeways in my experience have been dull at best, littered, dirty, and exposing the back sides of factories at worst. In Scottsdale, not only are the freeway sides of the walls artsy, but so are the back sides.

During an overnight stay in Scottsdale, my husband left me alone for a few hours so he could go play poker. Housebound for a month, this was a perfect opportunity for an adventure. Leaving the parking lot, I inched my way along Pima Path bordering the Pima Highway 101 Loop and watched the blue sky turn pink. The heavy coral air enveloped me like a protective blanket and made me feel cozy and healthy.

On the other side of the gate I discovered this attractive park and walk area which doubles as a basin during monsoons. This year has had record levels of rain.

No homeless staying here. This particular underpass would be deadly in a time of a flash flood. It made me a little nervous to walk under there. It was about 6:00 and deserted, but I was curious. Amazing there was even public art under the bridge. This design went along both sides of the underpass. What I didn’t capture was all the debris from a recent downpour stuck in the fences on the other side of the bridge.

You can tell how much it has rained by the healthy color of the grass and bushes. The temperatures in Scottsdale stay over 100 degrees during the summer, with the lows being 102 or so. In most places with temps like these, green grass would be artificial.

The vegetation in some places was so overgrown, it was hard to photograph the art but I found one open flower..

Driving freeways is a way of life in the West. It’s nice to slow down and enjoy an artistic walk, unseen by the hustle and highway hum of cars and trucks zooming to get somewhere fast.

Quick Health Update

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a serious health threat especially for those of us who sit more than we should, have had surgery or an injury, or take long trips without breaks. Women over 65 or pregnant are in a serious risk category. (I only fit one of those two choices.)

It’s been 21 days since my leg doubled in size from my thigh to my toes overnight and sent broken clots into both lungs. After two surgeries and nearly a month of blood thinners, my lungs are clear and I can finally wear a compression sock on both legs. That helps me walk and keeps the blood moving. I blog from my recliner now to keep my leg elevated although I can sit or stand for short periods of time. Even so I try to move every hour or less.

Thanks for all your kind words and well wishes and thanks always to Cee for carrying PPAC so that you have a place to share photographs of public art from around the world.

Now it’s your turn.

You amaze me with all the different forms of art each week that you find in your travels and at home. We live in an imaginative world, and your pictures capture it in unique ways and turn it into art of a different form. Thanks for playing along.

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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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