After his 2008 presidential election defeat, John McCain resurrected “the maverick” upon his return to the Senate, opposing President Barack Obama, championing immigration reform and acting as a counterweight to GOP President Donald Trump.

Three collaborators are hoping to honor Arizona’s U.S. Sen. John McCain and his family with McCain’s own “Maverick Mural.”  

Aaron Bass and collaborators Thamarit Suchart and Patricia Szu-Ping Chen Suchart, of Chen+Suchart Studio, created a Kickstarter campaign on Saturday to fund their proposed mural in Old Town Scottsdale. 

The proposed site for the mural, at 4235 N. Marshall Way, sits in the heart of Old Town, facing the Bob Parks Horse Fountain. 

The planned mural would be 30 feet tall and 120 feet wide, and would depict a portrait of McCain using nearly 30,000 photos of Arizona’s “Five C’s”: copper, cattle, citrus, cotton and climate.


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On the “Maverick Mural” website, the artists explain that the concept  was inspired by the halftone printing process, where dots of varying size and distance between them generate a gradient-like effect. In place of dots, the artists will employ 3-inch-tall photos of Arizona’s Five C’s. 

The collaborators also wrote, “The Maverick’s scale, iconography, and history highlight Arizona’s independent spirit and inspire conversation, both about where we have been and where we are headed.” 

Phoenix neighborhoods such as Roosevelt Row have seen many murals installed and painted in the past few months. Residents say the murals can often change the feel and face of a neighborhood.


Lauren Lee’s murals are Scottsdale’s latest effort to capitalize on a growing trend: luring young people to businesses through Instagram-friendly art.
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Earlier this year, Experience Scottsdale commissioned artist Lauren Lee to install murals around Scottsdale. Those murals often attract young people to the neighborhood in search of colorful backgrounds for their social media posts.

The collaborators hope that the mural will serve as “a reminder that discourse and discussion are pivotal.”

McCain’s wife, Cindy, tweeted Saturday about the mural.

As of Sunday morning, the Kickstarter campaign had raised nearly $3,300 of its $20,000 goal, with 12 total backers, including one backer pledging $1,000. 


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