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PPAC #32: Wickenburg Walk #2

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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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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  1. 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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    • 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. 🙂


      • 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.


    • 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.


  2. 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: 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 😆 🐘🐘🐘


    • 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.


  3. 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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    • 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.


        • 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. 🙂





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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