The streets of Wynwood are one of the 7 great wonders of the art world. With over 1,000 new pieces spray painted each year, it has quickly become one of the most densely muralized neighborhoods in the world.
And while life goes on in the urban core, these paintings bear witness to the trials and tribulations, exultant shrieks of joy; and the love, pain and passion which further characterize human existence.
Somewhere between the glow of the sun, and the wet heat, the pigment comes to life. You need to experience this phenomenon in physical reality, but if you're stuck behind a screen, here are the ten best pieces of Wynwood street art for 2014.
10. The Electric Painted Lady
Rising like a phoenix out of the concrete this face is all splatter lines and technicolor comic life.
9. Dog With Boobs
The rich absurdity of canine street life. This piece multiplies like a dog in heat (it's everywhere)
8. Terminator Faces
This is what the face of the T-1000 robot from Terminator 2 looks like on strong acid.
7. Epic Selfie
Now his parents will finally believe that he's a real artist.
6. Gangster Blood
This will inspire art dealers to become more gang-like: fighting over turf, drugs, and money like they've been killin', stealin', and dope dealin' all their lives.
5. Samurai Ghost Killer
Feudal warlords locked in the death grips of demon battle clutch axes and spill the blood of evil in the gutter. And so does the guy on that wall.
4. Laser Gems
If you ever need to make a quick buck, chip a piece of this wall off with a chisel and sell it to the pawn shop around the corner.
3. Coconut Halfshells
Cheaper than a trip to Thailand.
2. Space Twins
Parking lot, the final frontier, two young astronauts explore the crushed glass wasteland of the parking lot.
1. Time Travelers
This is a detail from a fifty foot wide piece that's a couple of stories tall. It faces the Eastern sun and when the light hits it, the cosmos open up an inter-dimensional portal.
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