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Drawn, scribbled, or snapped on Tumamoc Hill, Tucson's sacred mountain.

– by Paul Mirocha,
Artist-in-Residence

 

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Tumamoc Signs

Aug 17, 2015 | No Comments
Tumamoc Signs

AFTER A YEAR of walking past 15 empty sign frame along the Tumamoc road, many people might have thought their purpose was to encourage visitors to do their own imaginary interpretation of the landscape. But no.

Mondays on the Mountain

Jul 15, 2015 | No Comments
Mondays on the Mountain

THIS PAST SPRING, artists met weekly on Monday mornings on Tumamoc, to work out in the wild open landscape, with their chosen medium, on whatever caught their attention.

Post Cards from the Lab

Jun 17, 2015 | No Comments
Post Cards from the Lab

MY FRIEND, Joel Floyd, recently sent me scans of two vintage post cards he owns of the Carnegie Desert Botanical Garden on Tumamoc Hill, published in 1908 and 1920.

A Room with a View

Apr 22, 2015 | One Comment
A Room with a View

At the right time of year, there’s a beautiful view of that light hitting the Tumamoc Desert Laboratory and the Santa Catalina Mountains. It took some exploring to capture this photograph.

Big Party at Tohono Chul Gallery

Feb 15, 2015 | No Comments
Big Party at Tohono Chul Gallery

Tohono Chull Gallery will host a grand opening this Friday, Feb. 20 5:30 – 7:30pm for two exhibitions currently showing in their galleries: Tumamoc Hill: Art, Culture, and Science in the entry gallery, and Sonoran Desert: Large and Small in the main gallery.

Marlon Evans: O’odham Poet On Tumamoc Hill

Feb 7, 2015 | No Comments
Marlon Evans: O’odham Poet On Tumamoc Hill

Marlon loved Tumamoc Hill. He walked to the summit every day to be there at dawn and see Baboquivari Peak, the sacred mountain and center of the world, easily seen from Tumamoc.

Tumamoc at Tohono Chul

Jan 28, 2015 | One Comment
Tumamoc at Tohono Chul

Tumamoc artists published in This Piece of Earth: Images and Words from Tumamoc Hill are showing work form the book and new work open now at Tohono Chul Gallery until March 15.

Please Protect Tumamoc

Jan 7, 2015 | 2 Comments
Please Protect Tumamoc

This is one of my favorite pieces of art found on Tumamoc last year. Two of these home-​made signs were roughly taped to an empty sign-​post on the Tumamoc Road last fall by an anonymous visitor.

The Mother of Tumamoc

Dec 11, 2014 | No Comments
The Mother of Tumamoc

I HAVE BEEN WATCHING the Luminous Mother altar at the base of Tumamoc Hill for four years now, documenting the objects placed there and the changing look of the place.

Mondays on the Mountain 1

Nov 1, 2014 | One Comment
Mondays on the Mountain 1

Some sample images from last Monday’s Tumamoc Artists session. We generally meet on Monday mornings at 9am, work on our own, then meet to chat at 11 – 12.

I Stand with Saguaros

Oct 24, 2014 | 2 Comments
I Stand with Saguaros

SAGUAROS are just like anything else. If you want to get to know one, you have to be willing to spend the time. Not facebook time, but physical presence — that’s all saguaros can relate to. It’s worth the effort.

Signs of Things to Come

Sep 9, 2014 | 2 Comments
Signs of Things to Come

From the first walker surveys, the signs evolved over the past year, making several twists and turns along the way to become what they are today. The main news is that the first eight interpretive signs for the Tumamoc Road are at the printer and will be installed soon.

Vacation in Tlalocan

Aug 7, 2014 | No Comments
Vacation in Tlalocan

On vacation at my family home in St. Paul, Minnesota, I still can’t stop thinking about Tumamoc and what’s happening back in the Sonoran Desert. I don’t like to miss July in the desert.

Things that Happened in May

Jun 6, 2014 | No Comments
Things that Happened in May

The May Snake That’s what started off the month, an annual appearance of the May Snake on May 4. Organizer Jhan Sanders says of the event: In the early evening hours before dusk on Sunday, May 4th, a 20 foot long effigy of a fantastical serpent –the May Snake– was ritually awakened by a journey […]

A Tumamoc Book Event at Antigone Books

May 10, 2014 | No Comments
A Tumamoc Book Event at Antigone Books

Book-​launch event and poetry reading from
This Piece of Earth: Words and Images from Tumamoc Hill
at Antigone Books