In the early 2000s, the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami was just another unfortunate case of urban blight – with its share of failed businesses, abandoned buildings, and crime.
The Goldman Properties had another idea for Wynwood. They envisioned a “town center” for artists to gain inspiration from each other. Fast-forward to 2018, and Wynwood is a bustling hub of outdoor markets, on-trend boutiques, world-class dining, and street art galore.
Street Art – or, visual art on display in public locations – has its origins in political and social commentary. While its roots are subversive, the art form has now gained social, commercial, and civic status as a welcomed form of self-expression.
Renowned artists like Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Banksy helped propel street art into the mainstream, and business owners worldwide often partner with artists to add colorful imagery to their storefronts. Walk down the streets of any “trendy” or “hipster” neighborhood in the world’s greatest cities and you’re bound to see street art!
While street art can be found all over Wynwood, its epicenter sits at Wynwood Walls, an open-air museum and collection of warehouses whose exteriors serve as giant canvases for one of the greatest street art collections ever assembled in one place.
One key highlight is a mural by Shepard Fairey, best known for his iconic 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” poster.
The displays at Wynwood Walls are entertaining, creative, and edgy, and also appeal to a broad audience. The murals are constantly changing and serve to remind us of the transformative power of art.
Everywhere you look – up, down, or sideways – the art holds your gaze. The eyes of stylized portraits follow you around the corners of Wynwood Walls.
Wynwood is a funky part of Miami’s Art district with hip restaurants, cafes, breweries and art galleries. Wynwood Walls (located at 2520 NW 2nd Avenue) is free to the public and is open from 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM. Guests can take themselves on an outdoor walking tour featuring its 3-4 blocks of world-class murals. Wear comfortable shoes and take your time to enjoy the “hood.” Please bring your camera as there are many options for peak Instagram moments.