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PPAC #38: Prescott Courthouse Square #1

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 #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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Thank you so much for your 114 comments to PPAC #37 last week.


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.”
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.”

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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  1. 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.

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





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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