29 Examples of Street Art from the Wynwood Arts District
WELCOME TO WYNWOOD
Our original plans were to jump on Vespa scooters and tour the streets of the Wynwood Arts District but unfortunately, it was raining on the morning of our tour. Instead of risking riding scooters in the rain, we decided to jump into two cars and head to Wynwood to see what all the hype was about.
As soon as we arrived at the first street art piece in Wynwood, I was instantly hooked. In case you didn’t know, one of my passions is to photograph street art around the world and being here at Wynwood had me beyond excited.
I enjoy photographing all types of street art. As a matter of fact, I would much rather shoot street art than graffiti if I had the choice.
Do you know the difference between street art and graffiti?
Street Art is artwork that is usually done in mural form. It can also be as simple as turning a plain old object into something that is visually appealing. You’ll notice that just about every photo in this series below is categorized as “Street Art”.
Graffiti is typically artists who “tag” their names on the sides of buildings, walls, trains and other forms of transportation. The photo below shows an example of “Graffiti”. You’ll notice the artist tagged his name on top of some beautifully bright colors which makes this piece pop more than the typical “tag” that you’re likely to find on the side of a building in your city.
The talented artist below spells out “DOG” with several different breeds of dogs. How creative!
The piece shown below was actually painted on what appears to be wood and then mounted to the wall above the “DOG” piece shown in the photo above.
The Wynwood Arts District isn’t the best part of town to be hanging around.You should have no trouble roaming around during the day time but I hear if you roam around these parts at night you’ll be asking for trouble.
Above you’ll see a homeless man sleeping on the corner of one of the most popular street art pieces in Wynwood, The “Original Gangsta” mural. This piece will likely be a favorite of all of you movie buffs out there!
This piece was so big that I couldn’t fit the whole thing in one shot. I split the piece into two parts. Check out the second half of this piece below.
The following street art piece was done by La Pandilla and remains to be one of my favorite pieces to date.
Just look at the details of this piece. Can you imagine how long it took to finish this? Thanks to La Pandilla, the photo on the left below is now my desktop wallpaper.
The street art piece below was created by a female artist here in Wynwood. Love it! Interestingly enough, this purple wall extends about a quarter of a mile and is covered in street art that was produced solely by female street artists.
For all of you Bob Marley fans, the artwork below spells out “Loveism”. This piece was a lot bigger than it looks. It actually covered the entire length of a building. Beautifully done.
For some reason, I love this piece below. I know it’s one of the more simple pieces shown in this Wynwood street art series but I just like the fact that the astronaut was created by stencils and I love the “Miami, we have a problem” part of the piece. Awesome!
The artwork below was done entirely in black and white. While I tend to prefer bright colors in street art, there was just something about the amount of detail in this piece that really caught my eye.
Word on the street is that the artist that created this piece below was contracted by Maserati to do a piece for them. What type of compensation does a street artist get for doing a piece for Maserati? A brand new Maserati!
You know you’ve made it when Maserati barters an automobile with you for your work. Again, this is just the “word on the street” from an artist who has done a lot of pieces here in Wynwood so I cannot confirm this to be 100% true.
Shark attack! I love this piece below! Again, this piece was giant and you just cannot justify the size in a photo.
Below you’ll find yet another incredibly detailed piece in the Wynwood Arts District. Simply amazing.
OBEY – by Shepard Fairey
I placed the following two pieces together in one collage as they were both created by the street artists JRobles. I really liked the interpretation of this piece by my friend Bridget. She mentioned something to the effect of these characters “showing their true colors”
Below, you’ll see a building that was painted to look like a giant boombox. The number “305″ on the inside of the left speaker refers to the area code of Miami Dade County.
You’re probably wondering who the woman is that is posing in this photo below. Well, your guess is as good as mine! The woman shown in the photo below walked up to me while I was shooting this piece and asked if I was a photographer. I replied that it was more of a hobby for me. She asked if she could pose for me in front of this piece and well, this is how it turned out.
Did you notice the name of the artist that created the piece above? See if you can find the name “Ewok” in this piece.
Hint: Look closely at the front of the brain!
When all was said and done, I was covered in sweat and yearning for more. More street art, that is. We spent a couple of hours taking in some of the most incredible street artwork I’ve seen to date. The best part is that we only saw a small percentage of the amount of art that is posted up in Wynwood. The art here constantly changes and I should also mention that one of the most prestigious art shows in the Americas goes on here each year. For more information on Art Basel Miami 2012, click here.
Note: All of the photos in this series were taken by me. Please do me a favor and respect my work by giving me credit where credit is due. If you would like to use one or more of these photos, please be sure to contact me.
WYNWOOD STREET ART VIDEO
After visiting the Wynwood Arts District, I was inspired to produce a video about my visit. Be sure to check it out below!