This new mural is the largest in Pima County’s Public Art Collection

May 10, 2023 | Arts Foundation News, Arts News, News, Public Art

In a new article by Elvia Verdugo for #This is Tucson, we get access to the largest mural in town, “Tracks and Trails”. The brand new 4,000 square foot mural along The Loop was created by local artists, Jessica Gonzales and Rock Martinez.

There’s a new, colorful addition to The Chuck Huckelberry Loop that can’t be missed.

The recently completed 4,000-square-foot “Tracks and Trails” mural featuring depictions of the fauna and flora of the Sonoran Desert is currently the largest mural in Pima County’s Public Art Collection.

Local artists Jessica Gonzales and Rock “CYFI” Martinez painted the mural on three soil-retaining walls along The Loop. Work on the mural began last fall before pausing early this year and finishing the piece just in time for spring.

The mural is located on the north bank of the Rillito River near Country Club Road and can be accessed from the Rio Vista Natural Resource Park located at 3974 N. Tucson Blvd.

“Tracks and Trails is meant as both a symbol of unity and resilience and reminds us of our shared commitment to protecting this natural resource for generations to come.”

The artists were selected for the project by a panel made up of local artists, professionals, and various committee members in February 2022, according to a press release from local nonprofit Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. The mural was commissioned by Pima County, according to Martinez.

Photo by The Arizona Daily Star

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