This post is a collection of “drive by shootings,” a gallery of art I gathered as we’ve driven along Arizona’s highways. I was captivated by it the first time we were here in 2013, and now after cruising through 45 states I can say it’s only in Arizona where embellishments on exit ramps, around bridge abutments, and on interchanges and retaining walls can this art be seen and admired.
All of these photos were taken through our car and RV windows as Steve zoomed toward various destinations.
However, it’s in Tucson where I thought the art was most elaborate, displayed lively and colorfully. Through my research I learned that many of these projects showcase cultural aspects of the southwest and tell stories of the local area.
The I-19 / I-10 interchange sports art in the shape of corn, beans, squash and sunflowers that honor the generations of native people who previously populated the region.
Designs frequently echoed the surrounding landscape or shared history.
On Interstate 19 at the Valencia Exit:
Mosaic tile murals can be seen at the Miracle Mile Exit from I-10.
These are just a few we saw. The gallery of art along the freeway interchanges are visual treats and sometimes referred to as “museums on the road”. They may have distracted us a bit, but they always put a smile on my face and helped take away the boredom of driving. They also piqued are minds as to what story each was telling!