Prescott Downtown Series


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

NOWATHOME
NATALIE THE EXPLORER
PHILOSOPHYVIAPHOTOS
AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES

My Choices for PPAC #35 Prescott Public Library

This week marked my second visit to the public library. I went to the second floor where fiction resides along with the librarians’ desk. After a little mini-tour to the new arrivals, I happened to glance outside, and see a marvelous mural. I told the librarian about PPAC and walked outside and started snapping pictures with my iPhone. The library would close in a half an hour so I did not have time to photograph the entire mural and check out a book.

“Outside the South entrance is a mural which starts at the east side of the library lawn, continues under the stairs that lead to the South parking lot and around the corner to the alley that leads from the automated book drop driveway.

The mural’s theme is “Beyond Words” and it starts with the history of words, includes highlights of the history of Prescott, and ends with a glimpse into the future. The project directors were R.E. Wall and Maggie Dewar, who are also known as the Mural Mice.

With help from 800 community members, they created the mural, starting painting it in 2008, and continued throughout the summer of 2009. “Beyond Words” celebrates the passage of free knowledge to the public.” Prescott Public Library Public Art Displays

The Daily Courier Headlines “Save the Verde River” “Libraries Protect Your Right to Know” “Honor and Respect the Honor of the Indian People.”

Newspapers continue to be a part of the public library experience. There were several men seated inside reading newspapers the day I was there.

“Equality” I imagine there was quite a bit of racial tension. both from the Hopi Indians who had been in this area before white settlers arrived, and the blacks that came west during and after the Civil War looking for freedom.

A Brief History of AZ

When Arizona was acquired from Mexico in 1848, it was part of the New Mexico territory and as such was declared to be slave territory. The 1850 U.S. Congress assumed that Arizona would follow the leading of New Mexico, so hesitated to grant statehood so they would not add another Confederate State.

In 1863 Arizona was organized as a separate territory. Slavery was abolished in the new Arizona Territory but did not abolish it in the portion that remained the New Mexico Territory. Arizona was not granted statehood until 1912.

I wonder whose picture is vaguely visible on the front of the bag. Can you see it or am I just seeing things?

The mural also contained a mosaic integrated as part of the pictures and as a border as well. The entire style of painting reminded me of the painting on the restroom building in PPAC #11 and the mosaic wall at Acker Park in PPAC #12. The Acker Park project was painted in 2010, a year after the mural was finished.

There are some other amazing pieces of public art that I discovered in Prescott this past week and I will share more in upcoming editions of PPAC. Thanks for joining me!

Updates on Always Write

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  • For a list of topics for WQW 2022 check out my page. This week we are romantically in love.

Now it’s your turn.

If you are one of the PPACers who hasn’t joined us in a while, then don’t panic! The tag is #PPAC and we are looking for any photographs whose subject matter is an art exhibit that’s free to the public best seen when walking or driving.

Feel free to double dip because many times your mural or fountain, statue, or engraving fits someone else’s challenge, too. Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with PPAC.


75 responses to “PPAC #35: Prescott Public Library”

  1. Debbie Smyth Avatar

    What a great mural, and a wonderful history read – many thanks Marsha.
    And this week I have some blue art to share with you: https://travelwithintent.com/2022/02/16/oddly-blue/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much for linking. I’ll be by tomorrow to check them. It’s almost 1:00 am here. I got distracted while working on a post by wonderful comments. Don’t you love when that happens? See you tomorrow. 🙂

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      1. Alison Avatar

        It’s the best 😀

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  5. Julie Avatar

    I do not go out of my way to watch the Superbowl even if it is taking place in my city, Los Angeles. I think LA is more of a pro-football town. If I were to watch the Superbowl whether it’s just relaxing at my house or someone else’s, I want the food to be good.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Me too. It’s going to be in Phoenix next year. Have a great SB weekend, Julie!!

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      1. Julie Avatar

        Oh no, I meant to post this on another blog. My feeder has been so glitchy. That mural is so pretty!: I love going to libraries for their public art!

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  6. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    What a fascinating mural you found. I wish to thank you kindly for featuring my last week’s post, and welcome you to the penultimate post in this series. It’s a little different. There is an old house and an eternal spring.

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2022/02/12/ppac-prekmurje-6-villa-moj-mir-and-mineral-water-spring/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Manja. I’m going to save this for tomorrow morning since it’s almost 1:00 am. I got sidetracked while working on a post, LOL.

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      1. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

        Just make sure you don’t forget about it. 😉

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL You already know me so well. I’m a day later, but just getting to all my comments!

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  8. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Beautiful wall mural Marsha.
    Love the way you have captured and colourful too!
    Nice to know about Hopi Indians.
    I also see the images on the front of the bag.(you are not imagining)
    Thank you.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL, so glad! Thanks for checking them out. 🙂

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  9. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Cheers to those beautiful stories and their history.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hip hip horay

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  10. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    The murals are just amazing! So much detail on them!
    I am posting the last of my Bree Street Murals this week.
    Thank you for featuring my blog!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome, Aletta. 🙂

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  11. the eternal traveller Avatar

    There is so much detail in this mural. What a fantastic piece of work.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know, it’s kind of hidden, too. You see it from the second floor, and there is an entrance there, but I think it’s a secret entrance, really! A couple of people did come in that way, though. 🙂 Prescott is so hilly that what is first floor on one side of a large building could easily be the second floor entering from the outside up the hill.

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  12. Pepper Avatar
    Pepper

    Amazing details in the murals. 😊

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi Pepper AKA Irene, I haven’t heard from you for a while. I tried to comment on your blog, but didn’t see a place to comment. 🙂 Good to see you again. 🙂

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      1. Pepper Avatar
        Pepper

        Thanks, Marsha. I will check on comment settings on my blog site.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I just tried to comment on your adorable Redman, but could not. Thanks for linking to PPAC.

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          1. Pepper Avatar
            Pepper

            Hmmm. No idea why that is but I will check on it. 😊

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          2. Pepper Avatar
            Pepper

            Just fixed the problem on my end. Thanks for the heads up. 😊

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      2. Pepper Avatar
        Pepper

        Silly me! I had forgotten to update the link to my new blog site on my profile. Thanks for the heads up.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          🙂 You’re welcome. 🙂

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  13. Cath Moore Avatar

    incredible mural!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cath. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. 🙂

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      1. Cath Moore Avatar

        Oh, you too Marsha!

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  14. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

    What a fabulous mural. I followed the link and looked at all the images. They’re so impressive, rich, and beautiful. They’d be wonderful to study. A great share.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks D. I think they are worth spending lots more time. The library is a real find. I’ve been a Kindle Reader for so long that I have neglected to check out all that the Prescott Library has to offer, and it is a lot. 🙂

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      1. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

        I rarely go to our little library in town since I’m a kindle reader too, but they are treasures.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, it’s a whole different world than being alone with your computer and Kindle.

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  15. Jim Borden Avatar

    that is an amazing mural, even more impressive that 800 people were involved. someone was a good project manager!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Can you imagine. The length wasn’t that long to hold more than 20 or so at a time, and that would be crowded, so maybe more like 8-10. It would be interesting to know the logistics. I’m a logistics person. I get lost in the boring minutia, LOL Have a wonderful weekend and a great Valentine’s Day, too, Jim.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        . so planning who would be painting what day, what time, and what part of the mural had to be challenging.

        and the same to you, Marsha!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Jim. 🙂

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  16. Teresa Avatar

    Good job in taking these shots before closing time, Marsha! Wonderful mural! Here is mine for today: https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2022/02/12/beach-umbrellas-chairs-and-a-bike/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great post, Teresa! 🙂

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        Thanks my dear 😍

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You’re welcome! 🙂

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  18. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    What an amazing public library you have. That mural is absolutely stunning!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It is and for such a small town.

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  19. Lins Doodles Avatar
    Lins Doodles

    It must of been great being part of painting the mural.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know! 800 people working together! What a great project.

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  21. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    This is a stunning mural. You shared some interesting information about Arizona too.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Robbie. It was a find!!!

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  22. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    I just love the murals Marsha and fun history! 💖👏

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I was thrilled to find the murals!

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  23. eklastic Avatar

    What gorgeous mural!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much. I was thrilled to find it.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love it! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome post!

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      1. Natalie Avatar

        Marsha, The Beyond Words mural is gorgeous. Very interesting history, too. I saw a smiley face on that bag. Thank you for featuring my post last week and hosting PPAC. I look forward to seeing more murals from Prescott. Have a great weekend!

        My contribution this week (already pingback but here’s the link for your blog readers): https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/02/11/nordic-lights-6-dazzling-displays/

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Natalie. I’m looking forward to your conversation with Dan tomorrow.

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