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.
5. Markus Linnenbrink's SLS Brickell High-Rise Mural
1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Last May, Brickell got a fresh dose of color thanks to world-famous artist Markus Linnenbrink. Using his signature drip-painting technique, Linnenbrink covered the façade of the SLS Hotel & Residences using only paint, water, and gravity. Measuring more than 40,000 square feet, the artwork is Linnenbrink’s largest mural to date.
4. The Good Wall Project
982 SW Eighth St., Miami
The Goodwill Superstore on Calle Ocho has more to offer than chic threads for 99 cents. The exterior of the building provides an array of stunning graffiti art, many aiming to evoke the positive vibes of Little Havana. The Good Wall Project was conceived in 2011, and organizers invited all creative minds to participate. Interested artists were asked to simply follow the mission of Goodwill: “To enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families.” Works by both famous and unknown artists share the spread in a grid formation, creating a plethora of styles and tastes all in one piece.
3. The Sunbather, by Daniel Fila (Krave)
Biscayne Boulevard and NE 37th Street, Miami
Daniel Fila, AKA Krave, thought his mural of a bronze beauty was just a way to bring the beach to Biscayne Boulevard. Then it got the attention of Paramount Pictures’ Michael Bay. The 115-by-20-foot babe landed in the spotlight when she was featured in the 2013 film Pain & Gain starring Mark Walberg and Dwayne Johnson.
2. Meltdown, by Jen Stark
Miami International Airport, Third Floor, between Terminals D and E
2100 NW 42nd Ave., Miami
You may be familiar with Miami native Jen Stark’s psychedelic artwork, which was featured onstage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. It just so happens you can also see her work at Miami International Airport. Between Terminals D and E on the third floor, you’ll find Meltdown, a mural of colors bursting across the walls and ceiling. MIA invited Stark to create the permanent installation as part of its effort to bring beautiful artwork to people traveling from all around the world. On her website, Stark states, “My artwork concentrates on the hypnotic, time-intensive process of cutting and layering. The patterns I create mimic the repetitive, intricate layers of plants as well as the geometric framework of the universe.”
1. Everyday Life, by Purvis Young
350 NW 13th St., Miami
Purvis Young spent his life painting on whatever canvases he could find on the streets of Overtown. Today he is recognized as a world-renowned artist, with works featured in more than 60 museums, including the Smithsonian and the High in Atlanta. But you don’t have to pay an admission fee to see his mural on the walls of Culmer Library at Gibson Park. Everyday Life was painted by Young in 1984 and restored by close friend and fellow artist Addonis Parker in 2012. The mural depicts a crowd of citizens clad in bright colors and distinct brushstrokes. During his restoration process, Parker stated, “[Purvis] related to the city, the crying, the traffic, the overcrowding... This wall, with everybody standing together, is about unity."
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