The Ten Best Miami Murals Outside of Wynwood
Let’s be real: No one needs to see another photo of a girl standing in front of Wynwood Walls. Consider this list your scavenger-hunt guide to finding more awe-inspiring (and Insta-worthy) public artworks. From Little Havana to Overtown, Miami muralists have spread their love for creative expression all over town.
10. TM Sisters and Castillo at Downtown ArtHouse
100 NE 11th St., Miami
In 2012, what was once a smelly fish-supply company transformed into the Downtown ArtHouse, a superrad art studio for the likes of TM Sisters, Dimensions Variable, Bas Fisher Invitational, and Turn-Based Press. Naturally, the transition called for an immediate makeover. TM Sisters and Castillo worked together to transform the original nautical-themed walls into a trippy, tri-color sunset. Now their hard work has become a canvas of its own for dozens of tags. The artist groups that once made the building their home have had to relocate to make way for the Miami Worldcenter development, but for now, this 20,000-square-foot studio is still a remarkable head-turner.
9. Ahol Sniffs Glue at Sweat Records
5505 NE Second Ave., Miami
Those lazy eyes around town aren’t following you. They just happen to know where you get your coffee. Ahol Sniffs Glue’s iconic graffiti eyes have gained a lot of attention, from Art Basel to VH1’s Tough Love series. Luckily, they also have a special spot in Little Haiti — along the outside wall of beloved record store, coffee shop, and venue Sweat Records. The pairing of Ahol and Sweat — one of Miami's favorite artists in one of its locals' favorite places — means you can confidently hashtag any selfie taken here with #305tilidie.
8. Axel Void's R.I.P. Reefa
North Miami Avenue and NW 71st Street, Miami
Axel Void’s mural on the corner of North Miami Avenue and NW 71st Street was created in 2013 as tribute to the young and talented graffiti artist Israel “Reefa” Hernandez. Reefa died of cardiac arrest after being tasered by a Miami Beach Police officer. He was only 18 years old. His portrait, portrayed in grayscale and adorned with an intricate rootlike spiral along the mouth and eyes, coveys the grief and compassion felt by so many who knew him and admired his work.
7. Coconut Grove Children's Mosaic Mural
3191 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove
In 2011, City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen unveiled a 56-panel mosaic mural on the U.S. Post Office in Coconut Grove. The mural was completed as a community project over the course of two years, initiated by local artists Cyndy Hill and Eileen Seitz. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, young and old, the building now displays a beautiful sea-themed artwork with designs taken directly from children’s drawings and paintings. Contributors to the mural view it as a representation of the strength and unity of the community.
6. NM Salgar in the Leah Arts District
1501 E. Tenth Ave., Hialeah
Last summer, Hialeah celebrated the opening of its arts district with a social-media-fueled block party, featuring murals by multiple recognized and beloved artists. One such artist is Miami native NM Salgar. Salgar’s work can be found around the world, but she says her hometown remains one of her favorite cities to express her creativity. Salgar is the Miami manager/curator of the Centre-Fuge Project, an organization dedicated to transforming construction sites and underappreciated neighborhoods into spaces for public art.
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