The Ten Best Works of Sidewalk Art in Wynwood

Art is synonymous with Wynwood. As you walk the neighborhood streets and gaze at the walls, color explodes everywhere. International and local artists use building façades as their canvas. But while you're busy focusing on what's at eye level, you might miss a whole other world of public art: what's beneath your feet. 

In the early days of Miami's arts district, murals were the biggest draw — aside from the galleries and the ever-popular monthly Second Saturday Art Walk. A few years ago, artists began to tap into the untouched realm of stenciling their works and words onto sidewalks. Although the practice isn't legal, plenty of law-breakers use the protection of night to spray the ground. The practice has taken flight in other cities, such as Boston, where poets write passages on sidewalks using a special spray activated only by water. 

So far, we haven't found any hidden messages in Wynwood, but we did take a stroll through the area and spotted our ten favorite works of art on the ground. 
10. This ice-cream cone
Ice cream is tasty, right? That's what the folks at Serendipity Creamery thought when they turned their pop-up shop into a permanent fixture in Wynwood. To let customers know the shop is open, the owners took advantage of the ground to garner some foot traffic. These colorful stenciled cones can be found mostly along NW Third Avenue and 26th Street (because the creamery is located by that intersection).  
9. This soldier shooting love, not bombs
Earlier this week, we celebrated Memorial Day and honored our veterans and armed forces. So this stencil of a solider shooting hearts is thematically appropriate. Perhaps the artist is trying to say we can do much more with love than with violence. 
8. This retro TV set
The combination of Wynwood and hipsters is like peanut butter and jelly — some people love them together; others roll their eyes at the thought. And nothing is more anti-mainstream than a vintage TV set. Look how cute it is with that antenna, a frame thicker than an inch, and those adorable legs. Quick, visit your antique shop and pick up a piece like this for your room decor. It'll be so chic. 
7. This poem by @habitualpoet
The most prevalent type of sidewalk art here is poetry. People love sharing their unique voice with others, and sharing it publicly in Wynwood guarantees plenty of eyes reading. This particular piece was written by someone named M.A.C.C. His/her Instagram account, @habitualpoet, states, "Original works inspired by the people and the things around me. From love to heartbreak, and everything in between. (Miami, FL)."
6. This colorful beetle by Feik
Bugs are generally hated creatures, but this multicolored beetle (is it a beetle?) looks more inviting than harmful. The rendering is by famed artist Feik, from São Paulo, Brazil. The painter is known for his use of vibrant hues to depict his version of creatures found in nature. This guy really has a thing for insects. 
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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.