In our extensive travels over the past 13 years, meticulous planning has been our cornerstone, guiding our adventures through carefully curated lists of destinations and pre-trip research. However, some of life’s most captivating moments often arise unexpectedly, steering us toward unique experiences that go beyond our scheduled itineraries.
One such remarkable encounter unfolded during a visit to El Tiradito in Tucson, where we witnessed the poignant play, “Etched in Blood and Bone,” shedding light on migrant deaths in the desert. The event was introduced by a University of Mexico representative, offering us profound insights into this critical issue.
Our path led us to reconnect weeks later with the same individual, now associated with the University of Arizona, who enlightened us about an upcoming exhibit at the Sculpture Tucson Headquarters and Sculpture Park. This showcase featured the evocative works of Jose Sacal, renowned for his surrealistic sculptures.
The climax of our artistic journey arrived on December 21 when we rendezvoused with friends to immerse ourselves in Sacal’s exhibit at the Sculpture Tucson Headquarters and Park. Our experience commenced with a video presentation, elucidating the intricate and thought-provoking nature of Sacal’s artistry, as described by a close confidant of the sculptor.
Moving through the indoor exhibit, we were captivated by Sacal’s striking sculptures depicting iconic historical figures like Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, and others. In our extensive art excursions, this exhibit undoubtedly stood out as one of the most impressive and visually stimulating.
Our exploration extended beyond Sacal’s exhibit, guiding us to Julia Arriola’s stirring display, “Remember Me: Bringing my Story to Light,” featuring vibrant red metal sculptures commemorating missing and murdered indigenous women. Additionally, we marveled at Hector Ortega’s monumental steel works showcased in the outdoor exhibit titled “Emanate,” even engaging in a stimulating conversation with the artist himself.
For aficionados of sculptural art, Sculpture Tucson offers a haven of unique and extraordinary exhibits. The park welcomes visitors from Tuesdays to Saturdays, providing an avenue for enriching experiences that transcend the ordinary. While the Sacal exhibit has concluded, the Arriola and Ortega displays continue until May 30, ensuring ample time for art enthusiasts to relish these captivating works.
For those keen on upcoming events, January 13 marks the public opening of the Arriola and Ortega exhibits, providing a unique chance to meet these visionary artists. Furthermore, the highly anticipated 2024 Sculpture Festival, Show, and Sale from March 15 to 17 promise an immersive experience within the Tucson Sculpture Park—an event we eagerly anticipate attending.
Join us in discovering the allure of Tucson’s artistic wonders—a celebration of creativity and expression that transcends boundaries and captivates the soul.