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 #31 Wickenburg, 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

WHAT RHYMES WITH STANZA?
DEB’S WORLD
TOURING MY BACKYARD
PRIORHOUSE.BLOG

My Choices for PPAC #32 Wickenburg Walk #2

All of these pictures were taken outside of Town Hall of the City of Wickenburg. As Jez will note, I am a fan of statues, and further a new fan of Wickenburg, AZ. I’m also becoming a fan of Will Rogers.

If you’re looking for which way to go, this sign might help. It’s none too fancy but it’s right helpful.

Well, Hello There, Little Guy

Watch your step! This ancient-looking Gila monster is in camouflage. He’s looking for which way to go right now! He is one of the several desert critters scattered around downtown Wickenburg. I shared the Road Runner last week.

“The cowboy has been called America’s folk hero.”

-Charles W. Harris.

“Everett Bowan, All Around Champion Cowboy of the World Years 1935 & 1937, born July 12, 1899, Hope, NM, died October 25, 1971, Wickenburg, AZ in a plane crash. Bowan was called the cowboy’s cowboy…” He was known for mule training, flying, golf, ranch owner, and organizing the founding organization that became the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.

A 20-year rodeo veteran, he won 10 world championships. He instituted entry fees and prize money into the sport of rodeo riding during his tenure as President and founder of the Cowboy’s Turtle Association from 1936-1945. In 1969 at age 70, he accepted a movie role as a pastor in The Great White Hope. He is remembered in front of Wickenburg Town Hall

“When you’re young and fall off a horse, you may break something, when you’re my age and you fall off, you splatter.”

-Roy Rogers.

 “Always drink upstream from the herd.”

-Will Rogers.

Born in Germany in 1819, Henry Wickenburg nearly got arrested for illegally mining coal on his family property. After moving to the United States in 1847, he migrated to San Francisco in 1852.

He dug the first artesian well in Fresno around the same time, which was the year Tulare County was formed. Wickenburg founded the Vulture Gold Mine in 1863 which may have led to Arizona becoming a state. President Rutheford Hays deeded him 160 acres in Arizona which later became the town of Wickenburg. He died from a gunshot to the head in 1905, unmarried and left his estate to a Mrs. Helene Holland. The sculptor who memorialized him was Clyde Ross Morgan.

 “Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb.”

-Will Rogers.

The Town Hall Building, named for David E. Carter had a relief sculpture of horses on the front of it. I also liked the Town Hall Building windows.

“A relief sculpture is a complex art form that combines many features of the two-dimensional pictorial arts and the three-dimensional sculptural arts. On the one hand, a relief, like a picture, is dependent on a supporting surface, and its composition must be extended in a plane in order to be visible.” Britanica

Having Fun with Other Challenges

Now it’s your turn.

Share your own interesting public art either from your area or a trip. Be sure and visit some of the other amazing displays of public art while you’re here. Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with public art.

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78 responses to “PPAC #32: Wickenburg Walk #2”

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Woolly! 🙂

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      Thanks, Woolly! Great post!

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    Alive and Trekking

    Nice shots, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wickenburg has a lot to offer photographers!

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  7. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Love the Gila Monster.
    My contribution this time
    https://philosophyvia.photos/2022/01/23/mindfulness/
    Thank you.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love this post!

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  9. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    What a fun walk, Marsha. Thank you for taking us along with you!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome, Donna.

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  10. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com Avatar

    The Chamber of Commerce or tourist bureau needs to hire you! Your posts on Wickenburg and lovely photos have me looking up the location of the town from Phoenix, where we almost always visit for spring training each year. We could take a day trip up while we are in the area. I like the idea of the cowboy being America’s folk hero. My dad was from Dewey, Oklahoma, whose claim to fame is the Tom Mix Museum honoring that flamboyant big screen cowboy.

    The detail in the rope and glasses, the mule make these sculptures special. I like the way the artist only sculpted part of his subjects’ form and have them almost intertwined like they are one.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you for this wonderful comment. I was part of the Chamber of Commerce where I came from. If I love a place, it’s easy to promote it. There are so many wonderful places to visit in AZ. I hope you will get in touch. We are in Prescott, another great place to visit. 🙂

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    2. Julie Avatar

      You reminded me that public art commemorates a certain history of the area. I agree a tourist bureau should hire you!

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      1. Marsha Avatar

        LOL! They should. I used to be on the Sequoia Tourism Committee in CA. It was a lot of fun, but the rest of them had jobs and I didn’t even represent the Chamber of Commerce at that time. It would have been fun, though.

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  13. Debbie Avatar

    Lots of great images here Marsha, what a place! So pleased I was able to join you and thanks for the mention 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are so welcome. Looking forward to our interview on Tuesday.

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  16. Dan Antion Avatar

    I like your choices for the public art challenge. Thanks for including some lovely doors!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Dan! It was a great trip with lots of doors.

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  17. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    More proof that everything as a history. 🙂 Thanks for sharing a bit of Wickenburg.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Frank. I thought you’d enjoy it even though it isn’t science. I’m turning WQW into something more like what you write in your reflections. I did some heavy brainstorming before I wrote each one. I hope you like this new format. It’s a little longer, but more reflective like yours are.

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  18. Toonsarah Avatar

    I like the relief but I’m not sure about the statue of the cowboy. Is it the angle you’ve photographed from or is he really just holding a horse’s head?!! If the latter, it’s a bit unsettling 🙄

    Here’s my offering for the week: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/a-little-bit-of-nairobi-in-londons-spitalfields/ I know Ali has already shared these elephants but you know how much I love them! I couldn’t have elephants on my doorstep and not post about them 😆 🐘🐘🐘

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love your comments about elephants. He is not holding the head at all. The enlarged photo shows him holding a rope with his other hand. I think that little topnotch is the horse’s hair. Not sure, though.

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  20. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Fascinating history and great pictures Marsha! ❤️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, for taking the time to read and comment. It represents a lot of caring!

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        You’re so welcome!! It sure does! ❤️🙏🥰

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          love you!

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  21. Teresa Avatar

    Loving the Gila monster, Marsha.

    Here is m6 entry for this week. https://boomercoupletraveljournal.wordpress.com/2022/01/22/fun-in-public-art/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Watch out, I think he bites! 🙂

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        Oh dear haha

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  24. Jim Borden Avatar

    I like the Will Rogers quotes; great picture of the Gila monster…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jim! Watch out, I think he bites. I had a zoom lens! 🙂

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        that’s good to know!

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  28. Cee Neuner Avatar

    You definitely are having tons of fun with other challenges. Wonderful photos for this week. 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are absolutely right. And to top that off, I took my old disk to Best Buy, got another external hard drive and the old one had all my photos of Randy’s Birthday Trip to Chicago and Indiana on it. YAY! I’ve been missing it for several years, and had looked everywhere. Now, guess what I’ve lost? My Sony battery charger. I had it on the kitchen counter, and I think it might have gotten packed up with Christmas stuff. I’ll check next time I go see Cindy.

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        I never use the chargers. You should have gotten a cord that connects to your camera and you can plug it in to the wall or use a USB connection. I know Kindle uses the same cord.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Seriously? How helpful is that. I miss our calls!

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          1. Cee Neuner Avatar

            Are we back on for Monday?

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I hope so!!

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  29. KL Caley Avatar

    Beautiful ❤️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you KL!

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  30. restlessjo Avatar

    I can’t remember if you saw my recent street art, Marsha? It will be making a reappearance tomorrow with with many more details, courtesy of Becky. We were out walking when we saw it. Many thanks for the mention. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I read it. Did I forget to comment? That would be somewhat normal for me right now. V has been sick and I’m not all on my game either. The one I read was your “boa-viagem” post. Is that the one you meant? I bet it is the previous one. I just went back to look.

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        Bless you, you didn’t need to. I genuinely couldn’t remember. Mick has been ill too and we’re up to our ears sorting notary and solicitors for our son.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’m so sorry Mick has been ill. Vince is doing better, but still drug out. I don’t know if I feel sympathy or I caught a mild case. I’m sleepy. A nap would feel good at 1:35 in the afternoon. Back to kindergarten I go with nap time. 🙂

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          1. restlessjo Avatar

            Both of our eyes are drooping at present. I was looking forward to watching Monty Don in Greece but we missed it, and the sleepless night has now got the better of us. Have to keep going though, or else I’ll be up at silly o’clock again!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I get that!!!

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  31. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Fascinating words and statues. That salamander! So alive looking.

    I conclude the tour of the Lendava castle with historical artefacts and two version of a popular regional song:
    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2022/01/21/ppac-prekmurje-3-lendava-castle/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Manja.

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  32. Natalie Avatar

    Thank you Marsha for the tour. I really like your close up photo of the horse, its ears and eye lashes.

    Here’s my contribution: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/01/21/murals-at-marilyn-bell-park/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Natalie. I wish my lashes were as pretty! LOL

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  35. Sofia Alves Avatar

    The relief has to be my favourite, very creative!
    Here is mine:
    https://photographias.wordpress.com/2022/01/21/ppac-edinburgh/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s a relief, Sofia! 🙂

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