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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FEATURED BLOGGERS

SUSAN RUSHTON
PHOTOGRAPHIAS
BOOMER COUPLE TRAVEL JOURNAL
TBL
FROM PYRENEES TO PENNIES

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.

Haiku
©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.

Haiku
©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.

Haiku
©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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88 responses to “PPAC #31: Wickenburg a Cowboy Town”

  1. […] has been blogging about a recent visit to Wickenburg, Arizona.  It sounds like a charming place for a weekend getaway.  It’s a 7-hour drive, though.  So […]

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  2. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We love it too. It was the wild, wild West at one time! 🙂

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  3. nsnunag Avatar

    Beautiful pics

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much!

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  4. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    You have shared some wonderful sites and statues here, Marsha. Thank you.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much, Robbie.

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  5. Julie Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Please do. My husband grew up in Burbank. It will bring back some good memories. 🙂

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      1. Julie Avatar

        Of course!

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  6. Nancy Avatar

    We go to Wickenburg or through Wickenburg often.
    I live about a half hour away.
    Great photos of the Cowboy town.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We are only an hour away. We should have coffee some time. 🙂 I’d go again any time.

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      1. Nancy Avatar

        That sounds wonderful! I’m in North Phoenix… Anthem to be exact.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We’re in Prescott. Give me a holler at marshaalwayswrite@tchistorygal.net Let’s set up a time to meet.

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          1. Nancy Avatar

            We love coming to Prescott toooooo!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much, Sofia. It’s a great statue. I can almost hear him singing. 🙂

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      1. philosophy through photography Avatar

        Thank you Marsha.
        Looks like ping is not getting linked to your post.
        I have to paste my URL in your comment box.
        Just an observation.
        WP acts strange many times.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It does. I miss some every week. At the end of the week I look on my post at all the comments in that section to make sure I have caught everyone. I don’t know how else to check.

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          1. philosophy through photography Avatar

            Agree.
            We can do nothing as far as technical glitches that happen frequently.
            Next time I shall paste URL in your comment box instead of depending on the ever intelligent ‘PING’!!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            LOL! That works for me, my friend! I check my comments several times a day.

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  7. PPAC #31 – Philosophy Through Photography Avatar

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  8. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Thank you for taking us on your tour of Wickenburg, Marsha 👏 What a fantastic place with loads of history; my favourites got to be the train, I love the old steam engines as well 😃

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  9. Prior... Avatar

    Hi Marsha

    I love the way added in the poems – creative the way it fit the post and well done prose – especially the horse art and words to follow

    🙂
    Here is my Link to join in with some public art this week

    https://wp.me/p1VBv6-6LD

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Yvette. I love your choices for PPAC this week. Thanks for enjoying my poems. 🙂

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  12. Ju-Lyn Avatar

    Love the haikus interspersed with the captures of the citizenry …. they add to the ambience of the series!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much. They are so much fun to write. 🙂

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      1. Ju-Lyn Avatar

        I love to write haikus as well … the challenge to make each word count!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, syllables, too. Sometimes I have to look up synonyms or reword a bit to get just what I want without sounding stilted or trite.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Gorgeous, Ju-Lyn

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  17. margaret21 Avatar

    Oh, and I quite forgot to say: thanks for giving me honourable mention. I like the company I’m keeping!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are more than welcome. It was a great post! Yes, you should double dip more often! 🙂

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  18. margaret21 Avatar

    You did have fun: as did this reader. Meanwhile, I’m questing for some fun items myself to put out there on the www.!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  19. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Much impressed with your post this week. Some characters! I also love your cinematic photos, especially “Thank you, Lord, for the rain.”

    Here we go. Please excuse a little turn from public art proper towards an indoor exhibition. But it made me happy. Hundertwasser always does.

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2022/01/15/ppac-prekmurje-2-hundertwasser-and-hasegawa/

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  21. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Love the bird statue and wire 🐴

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Philo. It’s the only way I can photograph road runners. I have one picture that is a speck against a garage door.

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  22. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    We go to Wickenburg regularly for lunch. Our two favorite places are Anita’s Cocina and Nana’s Sandwich Shoppe.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We went into there. Nana’s had some very cute windows. We did a YELP search and came up with Screamers. It was 4.8 on Yelp and I’d give it a 2.5, but we were hungry. Next time! I’m definitely going back! We can meet up.

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      1. photobyjohnbo Avatar

        Sounds good. Let us know!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Will do. 🙂

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  23. susurrus Avatar

    Thanks so much for including me. I like the horses too. The train robber is quite eerie. I’d be convinced he was real, especially if I wasn’t wearing my glasses.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  24. eklastic Avatar

    A strange collection of artistic sculptures and what looks like “sculpture dummies” for want of a better word. But interesting, nevertheless!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  26. Sofia Alves Avatar

    What a wonderful place, I can see it being so much fun to photograph. The wire horses are also my favourite, but it was a close call. I like them all.
    Thank you for the mention!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are most welcome for the mention, Sofia. I almost overlooked those horses, saw them on the way out. Thanks for your kind words!

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  27. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    What a fun post Marsha! The wire horses are my favourites!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta, I almost missed them they are so subtle.

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        Glad you did! ☺️

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  28. Debbie Avatar

    How fabulous are all these Marsha?? The horse sculptures look so good.

    I’m sharing my post from during the week where i shared another sculpture form our area’s Sculpture Trail.
    https://debs-world.com/2022/01/12/a-firestorm-of-controversy-or-a-welcome-of-sorts/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much. Deb.

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      I forgot to say that I like the chimney, but the explanation goes a long way in making it acceptable, I think. Prescott lost 19 fire fighters in 2013, and it is still a big thing here. Someone painted a 19 right next to the white P on Badger Mountain. It was up for 19 days.

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  31. Natalie Avatar

    Thank you Marsha for the tour and your Haiku. Wickenburg looks like an interesting town to visit. I’m a fan of trains, too. Have a wonderful week!

    Here’s my contribution: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/01/14/murals-at-budapest-park/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Natalie!

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  32. Teresa Avatar

    Oh my such a charming old town. Love the wire horses!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I had no idea. It’s out in the middle of nowhere. All of the sudden there was this gem.

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        It’s always great to find it in unexpected places. Lucky you 👍🏼

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I know. I feel very lucky. 🙂

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  34. bushboy Avatar

    Love the grinding stones and was amused at the inclusion of the Road Runner thinking of that other post 🙂

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  35. Lins Doodles Avatar
    Lins Doodles

    Lots of variety with the art you found.
    https://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2022/01/14/ppac-31/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Lin!

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  36. PPAC #31 | Lins Doodles Avatar

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  37. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Hi Marsha, Here is my entry for this week. Enjoy.
    https://ceenphotography.com/2022/01/14/ppac-31-metal-art/

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  39. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Love your haiku and photos Marsha! 👏👏

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy. I’m going to have to branch out pretty soon and try some new types. 🙂

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  40. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Oh it does look like you’ve had a lot fun on Wednesday. Brilliant and perfect photos for your challenge. 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s a tiny fraction. My math mind isn’t working right now to tell you how much. Bridge didn’t open for me this morning so I couldn’t add any more.

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        You had the perfect amount of photos. 😀 Let me know if you need help.

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