Prescott Downtown Series

The theme of the week, April 3-9 “promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books.” National Library Week Press Kit

FEATURED BLOGGERS

Last week for PPAC #42, I had fun responses from all of you. Thank you to all the bloggers who participated this week. Please honor them with your visits this week.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #PPAC

  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.

My Choices for PPAC #43 National Library Week

Thanks to the WOYB gals, I checked out our Prescott Public Library and found a wealth of PPAC material as well as a large assortment of books and even e-books. There’s a concert there on April 10th if you want to join me. Rumor has it that they might even have tickets to various museums in AZ. Today I want to feature a quilt on the wall as you come into the library. As you may have noticed I have opened PPAC to any public art even if it is inside a building, if the cost is free.

The Prescott History Quilt

Prior to the 1850s and early 60s, Prescott had only a few white visitors, mostly miners. “The inevitable conflict between the two cultures forced the Yavapai onto a reservation at San Carlos in southeastern Arizona. In the early 1900s, the Yavapai returned to Prescott where – as the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – they now play a vital role in the region’s economy as the owner/operator of a modern shopping center and two gaming casinos.”  Prescott History

“Captain Joseph R. Walker discovered gold in the Bradshaw Mountains, just south and east of present-day Prescott. The subsequent discovery of gold in the Antelope Mountains set in motion a chain of events that led to the establishment of Fort Whipple on the banks of Granite Creek, the founding of the town of Prescott on May 30, 1864.” Prescott History

People started coming west in droves and Prescott became the Territorial Capital of Arizona for three years, then again ten years after that. The capital was moved to Phoenix permanently in 1889.

Once the train was put through it was not only easier to travel to AZ, goods and services moved quickly and moved AZ mining products to other parts of the country.

You can see the forest in the hills around Prescott and even the large P on one of the hills. The Prescott National Forest is divided into three Ranger Districts: Chino Valley; Bradshaw; and Verde.” National Forest Foundation To give you an idea of how quickly you reach the National Forest from Prescott, it’s only 12 minutes or 7 miles to Lynx Lake one of the recreational areas in the mountains. Goldwater Lake, also in the Prescott National Forest is only 9 minutes and 3.9 miles from downtown Prescott.

One more mural photo. Today these men would be sitting quietly reading the newspapers that few people receive at home since computers have them online for a small subscription price. They might be using the computers. It’s still quiet in the library rather than being a place to meet and laugh and talk loudly. They might be getting ready to attend a concert or a class in the library.

Other Challenges that Inspired PPAC this week.

  • Cell Pic Sunday – all pictures were taken with my iPhone 12s and modified slightly in Bridge.

Now it’s your turn.

What’s your PPAC theme this week? Are you into statues or sculptures (and what’s the difference anyway?) Did you find some cool murals? Did you go on a trip or a walk around your hometown and grab a bunch of different kinds of public art? I can’t wait to see it. I’m going to start doing on PPAC what I do on my WQW, and that is to include all your early bird links so that you can inspire people.


74 responses to “PPAC #43: National Library Week”

    1. Marsha Avatar

      What a great place to be, Woolly. 🙂

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  1. Julie Avatar

    The LA Library has a lot of resources too. I use it to read the NY Times which saves me money from buying a subscription. They also do offer tickets to a lot of cultural attractions like musuems, heritage sites, and the zoo. I was so happy to discover that!

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  2. susurrus Avatar

    I love the quilt (the frame seems fascinating too). And I’m a big fan of public libraries and can’t imagine life without them. My submission is here: https://susanrushton.net/2022/04/12/keeping-fondren-funky-tree-art-by-bill-taylor/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Tell Bill he’s famous now! 🙂

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  3. Keeping Fondren Funky: Tree Art by Bill Taylor – Susan Rushton Avatar

    […] Shared for Marsha and Cee’s Public Art Challenge. […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Susan!

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  4. PPAC # 43 – nowathome Avatar

    […] Ingrao from Always Write blog has an interesting […]

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  5. Monday Musings – Spoon deficit and women in art – Wide Eyed Wonderings Avatar

    […] it’s current tantrum. In the meantime, I’ve put together a few bits of Public Art for Marsha’s PPAC. I loved Marsha’s review last week of “Women in Public Art” and thought I’d […]

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  6. margaret21 Avatar

    These are so interesting. Mine aren’t bad either, but not a library in sight …. https://margaret21.com/2022/04/11/trompe-loeil-in-knaresborough/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      No libraries necessary, Margaret! PPAC is totally themeless! 🙂

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  8. Debbie Smyth Avatar

    Some people were very handy with scissors and needle. What a lovely piece of art, and a great teller of history.
    I’ve got a rather more recent character in my public art today: https://travelwithintent.com/2022/04/10/hello-kitty/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      What a great post, Debbie!

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  9. Hello Kitty – Travel with Intent Avatar

    […] Posted as part of Silent Sunday and Marsha’s PPAC […]

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  10. Good thing comes to those who bait! – Philosophy Through Photography Avatar

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love the title, and the post Philo! 🙂

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  11. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Love the Library clicks.
    Love the expressions in the last image.
    Thank you Marsha for the inspiration.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much. Prescott has some great murals and they are hidden so that they don’t get a lot of daily use, I think. Although once merchant told me that a couple that got married recently had their wedding pictures taken in front of one of the murals which I thought was very cool.

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      1. philosophy through photography Avatar

        Welcome Marsha.
        Thank you for this information.
        🙏🙏🙏

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  12. Norah Avatar

    That quilt is pretty amazing, Marsha. What a great way to display and interest people in history.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Norah. I do love quilts. My friend Carol, the Eternal Traveller blogger that I visited in AU had a part in a quilt displayed in her town of Toowoomba in City Hall. It was quite exciting to see that and know one of the people who helped create it. It is a big effort to do a collaborative project like that. Thanks for the comment, Norah. It means a lot.

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      1. Norah Avatar

        It would be amazing to contribute to a project like that.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I agree, but without the dedication to get involved and to sew that much.

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          1. Norah Avatar

            I know what you mean.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Of course you do. xxx hugs

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  13. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    such rich history in your quilt Marsha! The Prescot library is impressive! 💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It really is, Cindy.

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  14. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Lots of details and history in your quilt. Since I’m writing a poem a day in April for NaPoWriMo, I chose an art piece to write to from the botanical garden near me. I love this Boy with Deer!! More art from here will come in future posts, even though we had a pay to enter. It’s free for the trees though.

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2022/04/09/day-nine-ppac-botanical-garden-corsini-1/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I adored both statues, but the boy with the dove looked so sweet.

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  15. Day Nine & PPAC: Botanical Garden Corsini 1. – An Embarrassment of Riches Avatar

    […] this is not public art – which Marsha gathers for her challenge – since you have to pay a little something to enter, but explain that to the trees. […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous mural, Sofia. 🙂

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  16. […] Posted for Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love these. They look real and like comic book characters at the same time.

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  17. the eternal traveller Avatar

    There’s nothing quite like a story quilt for telling about an area. This one is a beauty.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I quite agree. You know that I thought of your quilt in the Toowoomba City Hall when I saw this beautiful one here. It tells the story of the rough and rugged pioneers who risked it all to come across and settle in this high desert.

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  18. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Quilt art is a favorite of mine, Marsha! I once wrote a post about a friend who created some quilt art inspired by a photo I’d taken of an Arizona sunset.
    Prescott has an interesting history, as does much of the great southwestern United States.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, and you are going to get to explore even more in upcoming years.

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  19. Teresa Avatar

    First of all thanks for linking to my blog. Your details of the quilt is amazing. And those men at the end, they’re gorgeous!
    Here is my entry fir this week https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2022/04/08/shoreditch-murals-from-tim/

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  20. Shoreditch Murals from Tim – My Camera & I Avatar

    […] Some photos sent to me by Tim from his walk. Thanks son ❤️ For Photographing Public Art Challenge […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous post!

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  21. Toonsarah Avatar

    That quilt is lovely and so much work, and love, has clearly gone into it 😀

    I’m doubling up with Thursday Trios this week: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-tripling-the-impact/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yay, I’m off to visit you! 🙂

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      So different. The perspective of having the man in front showed what a humongous size the sculpture was. It’s hard to contemplate creating a work of at that large.

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  22. Student Art Exhibit Displayed At Nature Walk Avatar

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous post!

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  23. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    I love libraries too! We are lucky to have three local branches within a few miles of us… and a beautiful central library downtown. The quilt is marvelous thanks for the close-ups so we can better see the handiwork.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Janis. I like to see what is going on in the quilt, and I don’t catch it unless I slow down and take close up pictures. 🙂

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  24. eklastic Avatar

    That tapestry is marvellous! I like the modern apspects of an ancient art.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much!

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  25. More Playground Art – pictures imperfect blog Avatar

    […] Photographing Public Art Challenge […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fun post!

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  26. Lins Doodles Avatar
    Lins Doodles

    Interesting, I used to do a lot of textile art. Here’s my entry this week
    https://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2022/04/08/ppac43/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love it, Lin. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  27. Miriam Hurdle Avatar

    I love the quilt and the story it tells, Marsha! Good you had a wonderful trip to the library.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was fun to show it to a friend from out of town who loves libraries.

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  28. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    The quilt is astunning piece telling a great story!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta. There are all kinds of ways to tell stories, aren’t there?

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  29. restlessjo Avatar

    That’s a great quilt, Marsha. Really tells the story.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jo. It was a different time, for sure, and times changed so fast then just as they are changing now. Imagine when the only way to cross the country was a wagon pulled by horses, and then just a few years later, you could take a train from one end of the country to another. Amazing.

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  30. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, Such a beautiful quilt that captures history. I appreciate your close-up pictures and explanations. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Here’s my entry for PPAC this week: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/04/08/whats-blooming-at-allan-gardens/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Natalie. I enjoyed your walk through the gardens as well. So beautiful and serene.

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  31. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Very nice pictures, Marsha. I am a big fan of textile art. I must try and take pictures of some of our local street art. The problem is that I’m always late and so I don’t have time to stop to take pictures.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL. I get that. I tend to always be late or making it by the skin of my teeth.

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  32. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Great photos for this week. Looks like you’ve had some fun this week.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Monica and I went to the library together when she was here. So my archives and I had fun. Our quick trip to Scottsdale had great opportunities for photos.

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        Sounds like you always taking the photo op. 😀 😀

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’ve been well taught!

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