LAST WEEK’S FABULOUS BLOGGERS

Last week for PPAC #46, 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 #47 Hot Art in Palm Desert

If you want a playground for finding public art to photograph, Palm Desert is the place to go. (but maybe not in May). As the temperature soared toward 105 F/40.56 C, my friend Carolyn drove me down palm-lined Paseo Drive.

“It’s like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.”

That meant little to me, but I gather it meant swanky stores on a palm-lined boulevard. The center divider had trees and public art every few feet. Unfortunately, I had a very hard time snapping pictures as we drove because we had to move with traffic and the center divider was on the driver’s side of the car.

Since it was over 100 degrees and parking was limited, I declined her generous offer to park and walk along and take pictures. Time to go back another day.

I wanted to pull off at this park, though. These are terrible pictures of some interesting artwork, including a nudist statue sunning itself on the hot cement.

At one point we stopped to go into a couple of second-hand stores, this mural sprang up out of the middle of nowhere.

If walls could talk, they’d tell you what was behind them. Barring that miracle, the artist broke down the wall himself to show us what might have been there if only we could have seen through it.

Our resort also had little pieces of art scatted throughout the complex. To be honest we were more interested in the birds, which were real than the rabbit someone pulled out of his hat

Other Challenges that Inspired PPAC this week.

Ongoing on Always Write

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.


97 responses to “PPAC #47: Hot Art in Palm Desert”

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  3. Alison Avatar

    That mural is wonderful, I have to ask is the person in the mural or is that an actual person?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      She’s part of the mural, Ali. Isn’t she wonderful?

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      1. Alison Avatar

        Yes so clever

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      Watch out for BigFoot! 🙂

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  6. Bren (Brashley Photography) Avatar

    Love the mural Marsha… it is stunning… I love muted colours and then that pop of blue… Stunning xx

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Bren. I was pleased with it being there. I found out yesterday that in Oro Valley, AZ, the city requires EVERY business to spend money for public art. “A budget for public artwork shall be established based on one percent (1%) of the building permit valuation for the project, including all phases of a multi-phase project.” https://orovalley.town.codes/ZC/27.3 I would imagine that other cities require similar budgets to fund art in their communities.

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      1. Bren (Brashley Photography) Avatar

        That is such a good .. I wish they did that here.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It is a tourist kind of town.

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  7. Julie Avatar

    I’ve never been to Palm Desert. With all this public art, I would think it’s walkable to admire some public art.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You should head down there between November and March. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world at that time. If you ever want to meet up down there, it’s only 4.5 hours from where I live. Manny and I would love to go on a photo shoot together! 🙂

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  10. the eternal traveller Avatar

    It looks like that nudist statue has been sitting out in the hot sun for way too long. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Kind of melty, huh?

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        And a bit sunburnt 😂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Very sunburnt!!!

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  11. Children are the keys of paradise – Philosophy Through Photography Avatar

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Such enthusiasm over a bird. Only three best friends could enjoy their find together.

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  13. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    The mural is just amazing!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, I loved it so much I made my friend stop the car so I could get out and take closer pictures.

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        So glad she did!

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  14. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Love the mural, Marsha 👏 & the pond looks very peaceful 😃

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Finally, a peaceful water picture from me. What would you and Susan like to do about Manny. I still feel so badly that I missed my interview time with Susan. Manny is bugging me, though. So I thought I should swallow my embarrassment and ask the question. 🙂

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      1. Photos by Jez Avatar

        Hi Marsha & Manny, we’ll need to put the visit on hold for now; Susan’s now into the editing phase of her novel so down time is pretty scarce & we’re not getting out & about at the moment. I think Manny would enjoy a visit more when we have time to get out on the bikes 😃

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That sounds perfect. Give my best to Susan. I’ll visit her blog this week and follow how she’s doing.

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  15. Prior... Avatar

    Were you tempted to buy the mural? That was so interesting and as your feature photo for the post I almost thought it was picture of you looking into something. Then read the post and saw that cool art!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I thought it was such a find. It’s the only art that I got out of the car to take pictures of. I’m not a big fan of 105 degrees. LOL. That one was worth it, though. 🙂 Thanks so much for thinking that looked like me! 🙂

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        that 105 degrees sounds rough

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  17. Jackie Avatar
    Jackie

    We used to go to Palm Springs quite often. We should go back!

    https://junkboattravels.blogspot.com/2022/05/photographing-public-art.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Gorgeous and so colorful. That’s for joining in PPAC this week, Jackie. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous. Those ducklings are adorable. 🙂

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  19. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    I really like the mural, Marsha. The rabbit is a little non-descript. There was some excellent artwork on display at the lion research and preservation centre we visited recently.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      The rabbit was very non-descript. I should have let it go. He wanted to get in the picture, though. LOL

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’d like to have that gardener! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Terri. This is a perfect match for PPAC. And you have lots of great quotes.

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  21. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Ahhh, the mural is splendid. Look at that door! And I loved the nudist and the rabbit too.

    I’m on a bit of a blogging break but I wish to finish my botanical garden series and I’m doing it today. If next week there is no post from me, nothing personal, just a bit of a break after a year of doing it daily. Be well!

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2022/05/22/ppac-botanical-garden-corsini-4/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are more than welcome to a well-deserved break, Manja. I can’t imagine blogging daily for a year. Whew!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Loved this, Manja. 🙂

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  23. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    I love that mural of what’s behind the wall. So creative!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Isn’t it amazing that someone can paint so realistically? I’m blown away by how much art is in the world free for everyone’s enjoyment.

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  24. littlelilly Avatar

    What a lovely post, Marsh. Love the wonderful mural.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Little Lilly. I thought the artist did a fabulous job.

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  25. Ally Bean Avatar

    Not much in the way of public art around here. I like seeing murals in other parts of the city, though. I never try to photograph them because people and vehicles are in my way. Can you imagine?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Ally, I can imagine. I have a lot of people and vehicles in my pictures, LOL. I don’t mind them as much as some people do. Sometimes I wait for them to move, and sometimes they just get their pictures taken.

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  26. Toonsarah Avatar

    That does sound a bit too hot! I loved the mural though, and maybe you’ll get the chance to go back in cooler weather!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s only four hours away, so I’m planning on it. Vince’s cousin lives there, so we have an excuse. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Super, super post, Teresa.

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  28. derrickjknight Avatar

    A wonderful set

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Derrick.

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  29. Sofia Alves Avatar

    It would be great to see that artwork closer but… definitely too warm to do anything! I love the mural, really interesting.
    Here’s mine:
    https://photographias.wordpress.com/2022/05/21/ppac-lisbon-8/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Dreamy. Every time I see your posts, I put Lisbon on my list of places I want to go. I love that you are taking me to all the beautiful places.

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      1. Sofia Alves Avatar

        Oh, thank you Marsha! I think you’d like Lisbon, minus the heat 😀

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You are right. I’m not crazy about too much heat. I droop. But everything I’ve seen there is so beautiful.

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  31. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Love the drive and the murals

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much. Better a drive than a walk, Philo! 🙂

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      1. philosophy through photography Avatar

        You are welcome Marsha

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  32. eklastic Avatar

    I like your treatment of the mural! – and that’s a very long legged hare (or rabbit).
    Here is my artsy end of the week: https://picturesimperfectblog.wordpress.com/2022/05/21/cobble-art/

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  33. Cobble Art – pictures imperfect blog Avatar

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous, Elke

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  34. restlessjo Avatar

    That’s a wonderful mural, Marsha! More and more of this kind of thing crops up. I guess street art is here to stay. Not sure about that character sitting on the pavement though. I think she has melted. Hope you find somewhere cooler to enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL, Jo. Thanks. That melted woman at a glance (and that’s all I got) was almost indecent. The rest of the artwork in that park area seemed almost child-centered and she sure didn’t fit. Maybe her clothes melted off first. 🙂 BTW, I’m home now and the weather is a perfect 70-80 degrees F (21+ degrees C). The wind is a bit perky, though. Thanks for stopping by.

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        It’s a bit clammy here, Marsha, but still manageable…. just 🤣💗

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sit in the shade by a beautiful lake or on the patio of one of those fabulous places you stay. Have a cool lemonade and a scone. Everything will be fine. I’ll send you some dry breezes. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous tiles, Geria. 🙂

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      1. tgeriatrix Avatar

        Thank you!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thank you!

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  36. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love your pics and it brought me back to so many special memories of being there Marsha which we typically do twice a year. I’m trying to think where that cool mural is. Any clues?

    Fun great post! 💖💖💖😘👏👏

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was in a shopping mall on Highway 111 near Monterey, I think. We went to the Revivals Thrift Store and the 99 Cent Store there (I think). If not that, then I’m not sure. Here is an awesome resource for art in Palm Desert, though. I’ve asked my friend and Cindy where we were. I looked on Google Maps and did the 360, but that might be old pictures. I didn’t see it. When will I ever learn to write things down?

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        I know 111 well. oh how interesting and I do understand that.. We hike often there which I love! 💖💖 We do our best right but miss some things!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You’ve presented me with a super puzzle. I found out that my phone doesn’t have an accurate latitude and longitude for that area. Does Desert Crossing mean anything to you? My phone lists it as Desert Crossing. It’s at Hwy 111 and Fred Waring. There are tons of Murals in that area on the map I found.

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          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Oh yes!! You have that and Fred waring has the best street fairs. You have to go next to e!!

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  37. Chel Owens Avatar

    I tend to visit places at their worst time, too -like Texas in August! I love the artwork.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Isn’t that awful?

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  38. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, The mural is beautiful. The wooden door in the mural reminds me of my visit to Morocco. 40+ Celsius degrees would be too hot for me to walk outside and enjoy anything.

    Here’s my entry for PPAC this week:
    https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/05/20/what-stories-do-these-trains-tell/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s too hot for me too! 🙂 Thanks for joining in with PPAC.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous post, Natalie. I’m so glad you had such a good time at the train museum. Those buildings are so lovely.

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