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PPAC #56: Publically Going in Circles

Usually, I highlight some activities in which I discovered public art during the week. This is throwback week for me. So I’m pulling together a theme – for me but feel free to copy it if it works. You can follow the idea of throwback but I hope you don’t find yourself going in circles all week, LOL. Enjoy your week. 🙂


Last week for PPAC #55, I had fun responses from all of you. With all the other challenges, even public and street art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in the Photographing Public Art Challenge. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.


  • 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 (posted by Wednesday at noon) 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 #56 Publically Going in Circles

Prescott Repurposed Parking Meter

While this might not be intended as public art, it begged me to take its picture. When I started to turn away, I thought I saw its eyes brimming with tears.

Melbourne Sculpture: The Great Petition

This is only the circular part of the sculpture that represented women’s suffrage in Victoria.  This sculpture, ‘Great Petition’ commemorates the scroll of 1891 in which suffragettes gained 30,000 signatures written on what was sometimes called the monster scroll. Voting rights were granted in 1908 and the ability to stand in Parliament started in 1923. Victoria was the last state in Australia in which women gained the right to vote.

In the United States, women did not have the right to vote until 1920.

Part of the “Great Petition”

Sedona Bike Rider

This young child is definitely going in circles on circles. I doubt that she ever got to his destination.

found in Tlaquepaque Shopping Center

Palm Desert Public Art

One of my history friends and I got carried away creating our own art from this public piece. Leslie’s personal peace symbol

Seeing Circles in Kauai

This picture was taken through a circular fence at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji.

Ongoing on Always Write

  • July Story Chat, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog. the Summary is coming next Tuesday.
  • WQW #27 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Agreeable Animal Amigos” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time.

Now it’s your turn.

I hope you are inspired to find your own unique art as you travel around with your camera this week, or rummage through your archives. Feel free to double dip and support your own favorite challenges along with PPAC.

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  1. Lovely selection, Marsha!
    You have highlighted on the the things I love about public art: the interaction with the piece – my favourite is your friend with the peace symbol!

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  2. Love all the circles. The ones at the Zen temple in Kauai add interesting elements to the photos and I can totally relate to finding random things on the streets artistic!

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    • That sounds super complimentary and philosophical for four little pics of circles, my friend, LOL Many thanks!! ❤️❤️❤️


    • Leslie is a very creative person, especially when movement is involved. The Great Petition was probably my favorite sculpture in Melbourne, and the city had so much art. But that one had some meat and importance attached to it. 🙂

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    • I wonder how many people donate to it. I usually use other organizations to donate to, but I’m sure some people use it. I hope it helps. There is a great homeless problem in Arizona. It’s not too bad in Prescott, but Phoenix has a severe problem.


      • Why the homeless situation, Marsha? Unemployment, poor wages, high rentals, drugs? We think of America as such an affluent country, but it obviously isn’t nirvana for everyone. I hate to see people living on the streets.

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        • All of those things contribute to the situation as well as mental health. I have several friends who work with homeless in Visalia through the Rescue Mission and on their own as well. Most people want to get out of the situation but it’s an ordeal getting state help. It’s super depressing. We are working with Vince’s sister to navigate the system. She would be homeless if not for us, four of us are helping her try to get the benefits she is qualified for. I can’t even imagine how depressing it would be to try to figure it out on their own- and that’s without the complications of drugs, alcohol, etc. it’s such a complicated problem.

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  3. Another good idea, to focus on a certain shape in your search for public art (although from your introduction I expected more horses?) That’s something I may try in the future, but for this week I’m taking a leaf out of your book and doubling up with Thursday Trios! So all my examples are threesomes 🙂 I cheated a bit as one wasn’t free to view, but all the rest are. I hope you enjoy them and forgive that little ‘cheat’:

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    • Hi Natalie, I couldn’t post my comment on your site, but I loved your post. The red and white lighthouse was the most unusual I’ve seen, and of course, the birds made me smile. Thanks for linking to PPAC. I will be by later today to check out your new post. 🙂


  4. I love how there is so much public art around for everyone to enjoy. We love the murals on the sides of buildings too…and laugh when they are usually the THC places, LOL

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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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