A city known for sprawling suburbs of muted desert browns is finally embracing the punches of color dotting its urban landscape.
Paint PHX, the first citywide event of its kind, hopes to encourage the Valley’s rapidly growing mural movement through a weekend of public art projects from such artists as Breeze, Tato Caraveo, J.B. Snyder, and dozens more. Each painter partners with local businesses to select a wall -- like a dulceria on the corner of Sixteenth and Yale streets, which will get a full makeover courtesy of artist La Muñeca and crew. Its current façade features the likeness of Hello Kitty and Disney Princesses.
The mural takeover happens daily Thursday, March 6, through Sunday, March 9, throughout Calle 16, Roosevelt Street and Grand Avenue. It will reach as far north and south as Thomas Road and Van Buren, respectively, and as far east and west as Sixteenth Street and Fifteenth Avenue. Watching is free and open to the public; independent artists must seek out their own walls and use their own materials. Visit www.facebook.com/events/581202621960003 for details.