Title: Pueblo Hotel Sign
Location: Corner of 6th Avenue and 12th Street
Goodness, my partner is
certainly waxing lyrical about this hotel sign! As it happens,
however, I agree with him. The sign is fun, and it's definitely
evocative of a more innocent time in the Old Pueblo. Given the trend
these days toward mediocre, repetitive highway billboards and
chain-style lodging places, this sign is far more inviting, as well as
more artistic. Kudos to the lawyers who now inhabit the building for
Sometimes, art is where you find it. And I thought this sign was worthy
of inclusion in Tucson's Virtual Public Art Museum.
Long before the advent of interstate highways, the main drag through
Tucson went right by this neon and metal sign glowing in the twilight
of evening. People in baking cars must have looked at the tube spelling
out "refrigerated" with longing. Now of course, it's in an
out-of-the-way corner just south of downtown, and it has probably been
years since the neon
flickered. When I first took this photo, I thought, "Wouldn't it be
if the lawyers in this building restored this to its former glory?"
Now, a month or so later, I'm not so sure. Perhaps it's better as it
talisman or touchstone to years past.
Copyright © 2004 S. Halversen. All rights