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"Standing on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona" Illusionary Mural by John Pugh
Photographed by Gerald Thurman of Tempe, Arizona
Winslow, Arizona

Close-up details of different parts of the mural and a discussion about the inspiration of the work based upon Jackson Browne's song "Take it Easy" and made famous by the popular rock group, "The Eagles." In that iconic song there is a line attributed to a hitchhiker who is standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona who sings "…when a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford slows down to take a look at me…". The city has built a park featuring a six-foot tall bronze sculpture that depicts this fictional character. John Pugh's murals can be found throughout North America and some of his most famous can be viewed by clicking here. John Pugh's studio is in Los Gatos, California. He appears frequently at symposiums and festivals celebrating the muralist traditions.

Girl in a flat bed Ford

Real flat bed Ford in Winslow

The interior of the building upon which the mural is painted was destroyed by a fire in November, 2004. When Gerald Thurman visited the site November, 2005, he found a real "flat bed Ford" parked in front of the mural.

Photographed by Gerald Thurman on May 30, 2004 and November 9, 2005
Posted on RoadTrip America 11/05

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