MIAMI—A generation ago, graffiti and street art were considered a plague on neighborhoods. Today mural artists are helping to revive and beautify communities. The Wynwood Walls project is a model example—an oasis in the middle of the Wynwood Arts District where the facades of six buildings serve as canvases for artists from around the world
The mural project was created by Tony Goldman in 2009 to showcase the best “street” art ever installed in one place and increase pedestrian traffic in the warehouse neighborhood where many art galleries are located. Jeffrey Deitch, now director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, co-curated the inaugural year of the project. Situated on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 25th Street, the Wynwood Walls complex includes two restaurants—indoor/outdoor spaces where murals dominate the decor.
All photos by Arts Observer
HOW and NOSM (USA) are twin brothers (Raoul and Davide Perre) from Germany based in New York. For Wynwood Walls, they used their standard limited color palette andcreated “a world to explore, built around the theme of homing pigeons, which are bred to carry messages and find their way home.”
“33 Women” by Ryan McGinness (Virginia Beach, Va., USA) 2010. The mural is a part of his “Women” series which is on exhibit at Charles Bank Gallery and Gering & Lopez Gallery, both in New York through June 30.
The Wynwood Doors project was not accessible when Arts Observer visited. This image what photographed from behind a fence. Started in 2010 in an adjacent lot that was previously a dump, 15 roll-down metal gates were installed on blank walls to create additional canvases for murals.
Nunca (Sao Paulo, Brazil). On The Wynwood Walls website, he explains the mural thus: “My work centers around the changing, mixing and invasion of one kind of culture by another, and especially the interaction of old and tribal ways of living and the modern way of life.”