Kitt Peak Visitor Center and Mosaic

Kitt Peak Visitor Center

Kitt Peak Visitor Center © 2011 Bo Mackison

Kitt Peak Visitor Center at the National Observatory is the hub for dispersing visitor information and has exhibits and a gift shop. I must say, however that one of my favorite parts of the building is the mosaic artwork on the building. In fact, I was so fascinated by the mosaic and its amazing mix of colors and shapes, I took quite a few close-up photographs of the mosaic.

I also intended to take a photo of the entire mosaic, but there were other visitors nearby so I planned to finish after we looked at the observatories. Oops. Looks like that will have to be a next time project. I forgot about the mosaic photo until I’d driven down the mountain and was approaching the exit gate. Twelve mountain miles away.

Kitt Peak Mosaic IV

Kitt Peak Mosaic IV © 2011 Bo Mackison

Here are a sampling of the close-ups of the mosaic. You’ll have to do the interpreting.

Kitt Peak Mosaic VII

Kitt Peak Mosaic VII © 2011 Bo Mackison

Love all these blue shades. Full of symbols, too.

Kitt Peak Mosaic I

Kitt Peak Mosaic I © 2011 Bo Mackison

And all these marvelous shimmering layers of color.

Kitt Peak Disc Art

Kitt Peak Disc Art © 2011 Bo Mackison

One last photograph of another piece of art I photographed on Kitt Peak, this a welcoming disc in the visitors’ parking lot.

I haven’t found any info about the art or artists, but when I have better access to internet research I’ll add whatever I find.

(Last post from Kitt Peak is next — the scenery from the mountain peak plus the inner workings of a gigantic telescope.)

Reminder: I am having a drawing for one of my Arizona — or Midwest — photographs or a set of photo art note cards in appreciation of all the support my blog readers offered while I was “Solo in Tucson”.  To enter the drawing, leave a comment on the April 13 post — check out the contest information and directions on how to enter.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She has been living in Tucson for the last ten weeks, exploring Arizona and living life “solo.” Bo is on her way back to Wisconsin, but will do a few more posts from her last days in Arizona.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Beautiful mosaics in addition to those fabulous Scopes. Sounds like you had a great trip with your daughter.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It was a lovely visit, though she came on the only days of my stay when there were clouds and rain (and snow in the mountains.) She didn’t mind though–she prefers the cold to the heat. Amazing!

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