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PPAC #31: Wickenburg a Cowboy Town

Public art 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. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.

Last week for PPAC #30, I had a marvelous response from all of you. 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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My Choices for PPAC #31 Welcome to Wickenburg

Driving through Arizona, you don’t just happen to stop by Wickenburg. Going one direction south from Prescott on Hwy 89 was so winding and treacherous that it took us nearly a year before we wanted to try to go again. This time we took the back way and went on Iron Springs Road which was a beautiful and pleasant drive.

Meet Mr. Road Runner from City Hall who first welcomed us to town. I am a fan of photographing bird statues more than real Road Runners. 🙂

Mr. Runner is scavenging for some food and must have found an acorn by the looks of it. Now he’s going to try to find some water. It hasn’t rained for quite a while. I hope he finds some.

Ancient grinding holes might hold water for a while after a heavy rain. We are fans of grinding holes and had many in the foothills around us in California.

The grinding stones look empty now. I’ve heard from reliable sources in California that women each had their own hole which they kept for a lifetime. The bigger and deeper the hole, the older the woman. We will leave Mr. Runner to take care of his watering needs and meander through town.

I was shocked when we arrived to find such a charming town, and the museum was to die for. That will come in a later post. For now, let’s just explore to see who’s hanging around downtown.

Upright Citizens Around Town

Welcome to my inn
Oldest most reliable
Place in town to stay.

©Marsha Ingrao 2022

Less Savory Characters

“That ’twere no trial.” Vince and I are not fans of train robbers.
Dang safe got busted.
Ain't got no idea how.
Now I's chained out here.

©Marsha Ingrao 2022

For nearly thirty years before the jail was built criminals endured the 115-degree summer heat outside, tied to the Jail Tree. Of course, in 1863 no one, even the upstanding citizens enjoyed the comforts of air conditioning, and it seems like everyone had on a lot of clothing.

Animals Suffered Too

Wire horses standing outside the museum Manny is a fan of horses.
This heat, need water
It seems like it goes right through.
Cool breeze feels real good.

©Marsha Ingrao 2022

There were statues and cool public art around every corner. It will take several posts to show you everything.

Engine 761 Vince and I are both fans of trains.

The weather was perfect for walking around town, no wind, no clouds, about 75 degrees. I wore a winter jacket and about died! It was cool enough to need it when we left Prescott.

Having Fun with Other Challenges

Now it’s your turn.

Share something that tickles your sense of artistry. Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with Public Art.

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  1. Enjoyed your haiku and your photography. Wickenburg sounds like a colorful place to spend some time. Cannot imagine being chained to a tree in the heat of an Arizona summer day. Cruel and unusual punishment for sure. But I love Arizona and if we were ever to move anywhere away from El Paso, it would probably be west to Arizona.

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  2. There’s this old train yard I pass by everyday to work. I believe it’s called Travel Town in Burbank/Griffith Park area. Your train reminded me to stop by there one day to take photos of the trains.

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    • We both saw the train at the same time. We were headed for the museum entrance, but it was like a magnet pulled us to the trail. There might be more photos this week, I haven’t decided yet but it was a great time. On another subject. Manny is on his way home from FL and should be arriving soon.

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    • When I travel anywhere now, I am always on the lookout for potential PPAC. I had a few pictures to start, but now I see opportunities everywhere. It’s like doors! Now I take them on purpose. 🙂

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    • LOL I put a close up of him on my WQW post, and did a little healing using Bridge. He has some pretty bad scrapes and scratches. Thanks for joining us. Come back often. There’s always some public art lurking where you least expect it. 🙂

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    • That’s a good word for it, “sculpture dummies!” Some old-fashioned towns have actual people stationed around in costumes as docents like Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, AU. I found a few more as we were driving away, so I’ll have to go back! 🙂

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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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