The People’s Public Art

I had to run an errand over to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago, where I spotted a fun mural. With Valentine’s Day around the corner (it’s Friday), I thought I’d share the mural with my long-neglected readers.

This is on the west side of 32nd Street, just south of Thomas Road, on the side of the building that houses El Jacal Mexican Restaurant (http://www.ElJacalAZ.com/).

El Jacal is a quaint and quite delicious little eatery at 2822 North 32nd Street, immediately south of the Starbucks on the corner. I can vouch for the Huevos Rancheros (great rice/beans and corn tortillas) and the Breakfast Burritos. And I’m planning to go back for the chicken mole (pronounced “MO-lay”).

The seasonally-appropriate and very “public” art on the wall was commissioned by the building owner, and executed by artist #DenzOne. He’s originally from the west side of Chicago, but has been beautifying Phoenix for the last four years. You can reach him at (602) 703-5839.

By sheer coincidence, as I wrote this article KJZZ Radio’s Steve Goldstein and Kaely Monahan were interviewing University of Arizona cultural geography professor (and former LA graffiti artist) Stefano Bloch about his book, “Going All City: Struggle and Survival in L.A.’s Graffiti Subculture.” Give it a listen.

Meanwhile, nothing says, “I love you,” like good, sweet chicken mole… take your sweetie out for a nibble!

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