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.

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Last week for PPAC #36 Wild Animals, 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 #38: Look where you’re walking!

Most of the time when we look at public art we look up at large statues or murals, reliefs, or gargoyles on buildings. Sometimes we sit on them like benches and fountain edges. Most of the time we don’t look down.

We had lived in Prescott for over a year and just recently noticed the timelines. Embossed and painted, timelines depict Yavapai County’s history from the beginning of time to about twenty years ago. There are two timelines, the more current one is at Courthouse Square and the ancient timeline is in front of the Prescott Public Library.

The Courthouse timeline picks up where the Library timeline left off with the discovery of silver.

“They are public art projects that have been supported by the community and often involve school children and other volunteers.”

https://www.prescott-az.gov/city-management/history/prescott-history-timeline/
This timeline is laid out in an elongated U-shape in front of the main Courthouse steps.

From this basic timeline, you read about the people for whom streets in Prescott are named and what they did to become famous. We got there at the golden hour, which I thought would be so fantastic for taking pictures, not realizing I would be taking a timeline on the ground. I love lines, and there were so many in this picture, I had to share them.

Writing timelines utilize critical thinking skills to determine what events are important, life-changing, interesting, and should be included. This photo caught my attention because it showed how relatively recently Interstate 17 opened, considering that President Eisenhower started the Interstate systems in the 1950s.

Two years later a major flood took out a bridge and the largest forest fire occurred. It seems that those two always travel together. Also of interest is the small population in the entire county as recently as 1980.

“With an area of 8,125 square miles the County is larger than Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Jersey. Yavapai County is approximately the same size as Massachusetts.”

https://yavapaiaz.gov/about-us

Finally, I was ready to head back to the car. This was Vince’s first outing after having Omicron and this short excursion tired my normally tireless husband. Looking back you can see both sides of the timeline U-shape. In this case, was glad we looked down instead of up. If you haven’t seen the movie, “Don’t Look Up” it’s got an obvious agenda, which I usually don’t like, but it was good sci fi.

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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69 responses to “PPAC #38: Prescott Courthouse Square #1”

  1. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog Avatar
    Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog

    I am sorry I am late but I enjoyed trying some night time photography https://southwestrambler.com/the-bristol-light-festival

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for joining, Anne. You’re not late. The challenge runs from Friday to Thursday.

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  2. Gloria Avatar

    Hi Marsha. This is an interesting challenge that I was thrilled to come across on your blog. The town where I live is steeped in history with so much public art. My blog post today is part of my 100 Days Of Old Days Project, and it’s on a very historic, albeit tragic event in Irish history. The mural was done just last year and it’s beside our house. My post is a very brief account of the Battle of Ardnaree and the significance of the mural. https://gloriawriteshere.wordpress.com/2022/03/09/when-the-moy-ran-red-100daysofolddays/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, few people have a mural next to their house! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great post, Gloria.

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      Awesome display, MC!

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  5. anthropologist Avatar

    Fascinating — that’s a very detailed timeline. There is much local pride expressed!

    Here are my walls — “signage,” mostly.

    https://anthropologist.wordpress.com/2022/03/06/photographing-public-art-challenge-ppac-20-walls-and-gates/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome, my friend. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I think he’s a bit scary from the front! Looks like a boxer. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Much better than ours! 🙂

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  9. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    I really like your sun-kissed photos. I hope both of you are doing well. Here all is calm, just really windy.

    Oh, I watched Don’t Look Up, but REALLY didn’t like. It made me feel even worse. And I was looking forward to it so much after such good reviews.

    Today I wish to show you the first part of lively statues by a Colombian artist as encountered years ago in Rome. We were lucky.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was depressing. In a situation like that we can never be sure that the leaders of any country would do the right thing. At least it was fiction. LOL I’m off to check out your post, Manja. Hopefully it will be more uplifting.

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  11. Toonsarah Avatar

    This is a great idea! Will they keep adding to it, do you know? If so we all know what it will say for 2020!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Definitely, world-wide it will be the same timeline for that year! I enjoyed your post, Sarah. Your animal pictures and the man’s face are such human interest. You are a pro! BTW, for some reason I don’t get the opportunity to choose to post as WP when I comment anymore. So I probably did something wrong. I don’t know how to change that. I don’t know if you can or not.

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      1. Toonsarah Avatar

        I don’t understand the weird things WP sometimes does but I got your comment ok – thank you 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s good. 🙂

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  12. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    wow that’s a lot to look at Marsha and so creative! xo

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      There was so much more to it. What made it even better is that students had a hand in creating it.

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  13. Sadje Avatar

    What an. Interesting way to record the history of this town/ county. Thanks for sharing Marsha

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I agree, it is a great way to share and I like timelines that tie into the larger picture. National and world events do play into local history.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        I love this idea! 👌🏼

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I think our little town of Woodlake will create a timeline in the new park it is building. I know they asked me about it.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            That is really a good thing to do.

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  14. Kirstin Avatar

    I wish our area had more public art. But it’s a pretty small town and there’s not much. I need to get into the city sometime.

    Hey was there no WQW this week?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      There is WQW. It’s women in history. I might have been a little late posting, but it’s up there. https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/03/02/wqw-9-women-in-history/

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      1. Kirstin Avatar

        So weird, I couldn’t find it….lol. I’ll head over and read and post my link.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Things are so weird sometimes with WP and other platforms as well.

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  15. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    These are such interesting photos, Marsha. Especially the timeline on your Courthouse steps!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Donna. It is an interesting concept to decorate floors and sidewalks, and this one is particularly useful and interesting.

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  16. Teresa Avatar

    Great idea 👍🏼

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  19. Lins Doodles Avatar
    Lins Doodles

    Great idea for a timeline. I’ve got my name in a pavement in a Yorkshire Park, not a timeline just names.
    Thank you for featuring my last post.
    https://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2022/03/04/ppac38/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      How cool is that? I have my name on a sidewalk that Vince poured at my house when we got married. LOL

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  20. Sofia Alves Avatar

    Wonderful idea and photos, Marsha. I’d love to see something like that in other places too.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’ve seen lines like this on walls.

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      1. Sofia Alves Avatar

        Such a good idea!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I agree. It’s nice for a city to take pride in itself and tell of it’s history. Even if some of the history is bad, it’s history and time should show improvements.

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  21. margaret21 Avatar

    This courthouse looks as if it’s embraced its past in a thoughtful and engaging way. It looks wonderful.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Courthouse Square is the pride and joy of the city.

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      1. margaret21 Avatar

        I can see why.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          So glad you like it. I thought the pictures of it might be too boring, but I was thrilled with the timeline.

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  22. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Those are really cool photos. I love the timeline 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee.

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  23. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, The timeline is such an interesting idea for public art. I’d walk and stop to read the history.

    Here’s my contribution: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/03/04/cycling-the-lower-don-trail/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s what I did. 🙂

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      Love this, Natalie. I want to get my bike out and jump on board. 🙂

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  24. Jim Borden Avatar

    I love that idea of the timeline; what a great way to capture and share a town’s history…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was fun to read. I will go back.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        you’ve got to finish the timelime!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I have tons more pictures but I really didn’t pay as much attention to the one in front of the library. But definitely there’s so much to see in both places. We have friends coming next week, so I’ll get another chance.

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            you sound like you would be a wonderful host when friends come to visit!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            You and your wife can always try us out! 🙂

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  25. KL Caley Avatar

    Great post and images, Marsha. KL ❤️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much!

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks!

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