Tuesday, October 27, 2015

1821 North Calle El Trigo

Here's another of Emily Mann's creative custom-made mailboxes. She just sent a photo and wrote:

It is over in La Cebadilla at the end of Tanque Verde/Reddington. ... I wish it had its own post. The other boring boxes either steal from or add to its ownership of the perch.

I am putting ceramic “eggs” with the street address in the nest [after they are fired] later this week.

If you'd like to see more of her work, she's the owner of Solaz Designs Metalworks. They'll be one of the stops along TPAC's Fall Open Studio Tour November 14-15. Here's their tour web page. This mailbox isn't far away, so you could also stop by and see the “eggs.”

(By the way, in case you haven't been keeping track of all the studio tours this fall, there's another one this coming weekend: Heart of Tucson Art. It showcases artists in central Tucson.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mystery mailbox #2

Unlike the first mailbox in this series, whose artist will remain anonymous (for now, at least), this wild box is by Emily Mann of solaz.biz. The owner would like the location kept private… but we can tell you that it's somewhere in the Tucson Mountains.

The photos above came from Emily's Instagram feed — which shows a lot more of her creative metalwork.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mailbox fronts wild sculptures (in Kansas)

OK, so I keep insisting that this is the Tucson Murals Project, but I've also been showing a few out-of-state mailboxes in the last few months. What's up? Well, I've been traveling a lot — and I'm also almost out of mailbox photos. I'll get out on my bike and snap more photos as soon as I'm back in Tucson! In the meantime…

In the middle of nowhere in southeast Kansas — or almost anywhere in the US — the website Roadside America (and some others like it) will lead you to out-of-the-ordinary sights. (If you like mailbox art, I bet you'll like Roadside America.) That's part of what led me to drive down lonely Kansas highway 99 through the town of Howard. It's the site of…

…Hubbell's Rubble. If you park on the north side, the first thing you'll see is that mailbox. It's actually for donations, not mail; there's a slot in the door. (It looks like you can open the mailbox to take out the donations, but disturbing the mail is a federal offense. :) Behind the mailbox is a grassy street block filled with all kinds of welded sculpture. Here are two examples:

Next week? It's back to our regularly scheduled mailboxes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

1201 South Palo Verde Avenue

That's the second of two mailboxes that aren't (yet) permanent. Last week's box was on a stack of blocks. This week's rusted black mailbox is standing on the spike at the bottom of its pole, next to a gate, leaning on the wall.

The gate also looks like it's seen better times. (And the house number on the other side of the gate is missing some numerals.) Hmmm: I wonder what happened here?

I spotted this scene, just south of Reid Park, September 24th.