Little Shop of Horrors in Phoenix   3 comments

On my way home from gym class Wednesday afternoon, I took a different route, and I found something very different.  I decided to come back and document it, so Thursday, Feb. 13, I returned with camera and this is what I found.
Self portrait of the artist? Or, is it Seymour?

Self portrait of the artist? Or, is it Seymour?

This guy appears to be in some pain. I am thinking it may be the artist, seeing himself as  Seymour, the protagonist. This all came out of a 1960 film by Roger Corman called Little Shop of Horrors that was written by Charles B. Griffith. Here’s a link to explain it all if you haven’t seen the play or the movie.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Shop_of_Horrors).  What I love most about the pictures that follow is that these giant carnivorous plants seem to be so happy with themselves.

Moving from left to right, north to south down the side of the building this is what you see.

Moving from left to right, north to south down the side of the building this is what you see.

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2014-02-13 00.03.13. . . and then you go around the corner.  I was looking for a way in to see if could talk about the art, but that did not prove possible. Whatever is happening in this building, it is not open to the general public.

and then you go around the corner for the first picture shown up above.

Even on the short wall, the picture was too big to get in one shot.

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What planet are we on? It certainly isn't Earth.

Mother and child?

View looking north from across a street.

View looking north from across a street.

This “Little Shop of Horrors” is in one of the older and poorer neighborhoods in Phoenix. Within a few blocks there are some other interesting examples of street art.  I drove and walked around to show what else can be found in this seedy part of Phoenix.

Firestation number 3 is just south of the Green House. This is the nicest place in the area, but if it was the third station established in Phoenix, it shows how old the neighborhood is. There are now 59 fire stations in the Phoenix city limits.

Firestation number 3 is just south of the Green House. This is the nicest place in the area, but if it was the third station established in Phoenix, it shows how old the neighborhood is. There are now 59 fire stations in the Phoenix city limits.

Just down the street one lot lies this home, built in the style of an earlier century and different world. I am thinking that the Addams Family or perhaps some of their relatives live here.

Just down the street one lot lies this home, built in the style of an earlier century and different world. I am thinking that the Addams Family or perhaps some of their relatives live here.

Two blocks further down the road, I found this memorial to diversity and freedom. Was it done by the same artist?

Two blocks further down the road, I found this memorial to diversity and freedom. Was it done by the same artist?

Who knew there was a Statue of Liberty in Phoenix, Arizona?

Who knew there was a Statue of Liberty in Phoenix, Arizona?

The young woman or girl is clearly meant to be Hispanic. She and her people have come north on the “yellow brick road” from a land in chains to the land of freedom.  Even so, this land is fenced in. We are not all that “free”.

There are some quotes from American Presidents painted onto the building. I am wondering who needs to see these quotes, and realize they are probably aimed at people like me.

There are some quotes from American Presidents painted onto the building. I am wondering who needs to see these quotes, and realize they are probably aimed at people like me.

Do you recognize this quote from the Statue of Liberty?

Do you recognize this quote from the Statue of Liberty?

Does it come as a surprise to you that this is part of a "historic" district? It surprised me. I have lived my entire life in Phoenix and never seen one of these signs before.  Phoenix, and especially its suburbs, is not known for its historic districts.

Does it come as a surprise to you that this is part of a “historic” district? It surprised me. I have lived my entire life in Phoenix and never seen one of these signs before. Phoenix, and especially its suburbs, is not known for its historic districts.

The skyline of downtown Phoenix is only half a mile away.

The skyline of downtown Phoenix is only half a mile away.

Three blocks to the north, I found a different fantasy landscape, this one clearly aimed and painted for children, on the 15th Avenue sidewall of an ancient family grocery store.

Three blocks to the north, I found a different fantasy landscape, this one clearly aimed and painted for children, on the 15th Avenue sidewall of an ancient family grocery store.

Some people might claim these are weeds, but I see them as the native flowers of this part of the country. They grow on the streets and don’t need a garden to survive.

Two blocks to the northwest on Grand Avenue I found this friendly fellow. Clearly, the same artist has struck again.

Two blocks to the northwest on Grand Avenue I found this friendly fellow. Clearly, the same artist has struck again.

And on a side street I found this plaintive message. Is it from the unknown artist?

And on a side street I found this plaintive message. Is it from the unknown artist?

Who did all this?  I don’t know–did not see any signatures on this art. Phoenix is decorated with such murals, however, and many of them are in areas that are chiefly Spanish in population.  I love the street art of Phoenix, and wish there was even more of it.

If your city also bedecks itself in painted walls and street art, why not leave a comment?

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Posted February 14, 2014 by atroll in Arizona, Phoenix Arizona, Uncategorized

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3 responses to “Little Shop of Horrors in Phoenix

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  1. Street art & murals are huge in Richmond, VA. In fact, every year there is a special festival where artists come to paint them on buildings that need a little reviatlization. Hit this link http://richmondmuralproject.wordpress.com/murals/2013-murals/ and you can see the ones painted in 2013 (click addresses to see the photos of the art).

  2. That is some really cool stuff, Deb!

  3. Great stuff!

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