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.
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
- FAN OF…
- MONDAY WINDOWS
- MONDAY WALK
- THURSDAY DOORS
- CFFC SUPPORTING WHICH WAY CHALLENGE
- WHICH WAY CHALLENGE
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.