Street Art with a Story in Wynwood Miami

Street Art with a Story in Wynwood Miami

We found ourselves with a full day in Miami after our cruise waiting for a late night flight.  Fortunately, in the airport we learned about the art district of Miami- Wynwood.  Just like that our plans of shopping to waste time changed to an adventure in art!  We hailed a van, as our group of 7 was far too big for a taxi.  I hoped to see some nice street art. I had no idea I would be treated to block after block of incredible art on almost every building.  I was overwhelmed like a kid given free reign in a candy store!

The plan was to walk a few blocks from Wynwood to some shops for lunch.  It was Sunday and the shops in Wynwood were all closed, and the streets were nearly empty.  With temperatures about 100 degrees, the kids chose to do a driving tour of the street art.

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I jumped out of the van often for some close ups, but was able to get many great shots right from the van.  Later in the day at a smoothie shop, we learned that Wynwood was once all graffiti until artists moved into empty buildings there and added street art to the tagged buildings.  Slowly the neglected  neighborhood improved to a place known for art with over 70 art galleries, shops, and bars.

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We were amazed to see a middle school decorated with street art on many of the walls.  It was beautiful and incredible.  I later learned the story behind this street art.  Many nonprofits, corporations, local businesses, artists, Wynwood Arts District Association and all came together with school staff to help raise money for Jose de Diego Middle School’s arts and music program.  The community in Wynwood clearly has come together to improve in beautiful ways.

Street Art with a Story in Wynwood Miami

Street Art with a Story in Wynwood Miami

I was impressed and amazed by all I saw and later learned.  I knew I wanted to go back to explore even more.  Then as if all that wasn’t enough, I learned I didn’t even see the famous Wynwood Walls!  An art park and outdoor creation that is ever changing by the best artists in the world.  I was happy to see fellow blogger Adventure Mom went to Wynwood Walls and shares the experience in her blog.

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Our street art tour was on the back roads and we saw some of the less seen art.  This last minute adventure led to a day all of us loved.  The great memories of the day are made more special knowing the story behind the street art of Wynwood, Miami.  It just goes to show that an adventure can be found anywhere, and with a little effort you can find truly magical experiences off the beaten path.

We later went searching for street art close to home and found some great pieces in Boston, MA

Street Art with a Story in Wynwood Miami
I was so excited to see a piece by Vhils who we learned of in the Azores.

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Want to see more street art?  Extraordinary Street Art of the Azores

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Street Art with a Story in Wynwood Miami

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Street Art with a Story in Wynwood Miami

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Cathy (aka “Wildcat”) is not your typical travel/adventurer. Whether it is traveling across the globe or exploring her beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire, this mother of 4’s curious nature has led her to find adventure everywhere she goes. Her blog was first started to chronicle the training and journey to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since that time, has expanded to highlight everything connected with the unique and fascinating adventures a Wildcat can find. She shares with her readers tips, advice, and encouragement to find their strength and inner “ROAR”.
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  1. Love all the street art!

    1. Thank you, it was pretty incredible!:)

  2. Gemma says: Reply

    This is some serious talent! I love the jazzy cat!
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    1. Thanks for checking it out. I love them all- so hard to pick which will make it to Instagram:)

  3. Can not wait to get back to Miami to see all this art!

    1. Did you go to Wynwood Walls and see some spots I missed?

  4. Rob says: Reply

    Amazing, beautiful, and such a cool community project! It’s pretty darned inspiring, actually!
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    1. It really is inspiring, I hope more areas will take their lead!

  5. Shobha says: Reply

    I love street art! I too would have been thrilled to see this. Never have heard of this district so thanks for sharing!
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    1. It was a great find for me too, I couldn’t believe I’d never heard of it!

  6. Incredible place and piece of arts! They recently asked some artists to paint the tunnel of Bayonne’s railway station. They have painted some famous views of the basque country.
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    1. That is a great idea, it seems street art is getting more popular!

  7. Ah, I love these! We have similar things in London (East London is quite famous for its street art) and I love walking around these neighbourhoods!
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    1. I’ll keep that in mind if I go to London. I do love seeing the differences in street art on my travels:)

  8. Bob says: Reply

    Man this is beautiful, some really nice pieces there. What a great way to liven up old buildings and they may not have thought of it at first, but It is a great way to attract people and probably brought in a lot of new business to the area.
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    1. It is a great plan for the area, it seems to be working!

  9. I adore street art and this looks like some of the best. I have a special Pinterest board dedicated to street art around the world. I am going to pin this post to it so I don’t forget about it when we next visit Miami.
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    1. Thank you so much! It should not be missed. I’m sure when you visit there will be so many new pieces too:)

  10. Ami says: Reply

    Stunning work. You can just do a complete tour of only street art here.
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    1. It is amazing the quantity of art there, I need to go back for a couple of days to see it all!

  11. When I saw the thumbnail and title of the post in #TheWeeklyPostcard Link-up, I immediately suspected it was you, Cathy! You have a great eye for street art and the photos are gorgeous. Coincidentally, I’m currently doing a TEFL course and the theme of this week’s lessons that my fellow trainees gave to the students was urban art! I wish I had seen this post earlier! If you’re ever in the UK, check out Banksy’s work – he does really interesting stuff.
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    1. Thank you! I have yet to see a Banksy, the one we went to see in Boston is sadly gone now.

  12. A unique collection of street art with an interesting story behind all of it. What a great opportunity to see all these different styles! Love the C-3P0 one since I’m a huge “Star Wars” fan.
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    1. You would love the huge wall mural of Star Wars! My son is a big fan, at the mural he jumped right out for photos.

  13. Ruth says: Reply

    I have seen tons of pictures about this place and would love to visit. Glad you had the opportunity to do so (a tour by car sounds good). By the way, Jose de Diego was a Puerto Rican poet and politician. He founded the the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez (a town) which is my alma mater.
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    1. Thank you for that information, I didn’t know that. I love the initiative the school and the community are making to raise money for their arts programs.

  14. Katy says: Reply

    ooh Miami just got even more fun. I love it when community groups and governments come together to support artists in this way. Our urban environments become more interesting and livable as a result.
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    1. Absolutely! It is so nice to hear how much the area has improved, a great success story!

  15. Esther says: Reply

    This is amazing! I just love street art and look for it wherever I go. The best street art so far I’ve spotted in Ghent (Belgium) and Johannesburg (south africa).
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    1. I don’t know that I’ve seen any blogs about street art in South Africa! I love finding the artistic treasures on my trips.

  16. What awesome street art! I haven’t been to Miami in like 12 years. Guess it’s time to make a trip back. 🙂 We just moved from Melbourne, which also has an amazing street art scene.
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    1. I’m glad I stumbled onto the street art in Miami:) I’ve seen some amazing street art articles about Melbourne, I’d love to go.

  17. sagar says: Reply

    This is what an art is, absolutely Stunning, almost loved all the art.
    keep posting ROARLOUD
    Cheers 🙂
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    1. Thanks, the artistic skills are definitely impressive!

  18. We’re a big fan of street art but this is next level!!
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    1. Yes, Wynwood is beyond anything I’ve seen before. Block after block of art, I highly recommend a visit!

  19. Anda says: Reply

    Ah, this is so beautiful! I haven’t seen anything like it so far. How do you find these places? I recently came back from Stockholm where they brag about street art in the subway, but wasn’t impressed at all.
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    1. I got lucky on this one, I asked some bloggers I met on the cruise what they were doing while we were in the airport! I hadn’t heard of Wynwood before that!:)

  20. Carlie says: Reply

    I’m super obsessed with street art, so this was right up my alley! I love seeing the striking colors and reading your point of view about the art. Thanks for the tips on where to find some awesome street art in case I ever end up in the Miami area!

    1. I’m obsessed with it too:) I can’t wait to go back to Wynwood!

  21. Vyjay says: Reply

    Such fantastic and colourful art. Brings alive the vibrant life and culture of the city. I always feel that street art is in many ways a reflection of the culture and heritage of the place.
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    1. I agree, Wynwood is a beautiful community and that comes across in their art!

  22. Victor says: Reply

    The amount of detail in these street art portraits is mind-blowing … I’ll check this out for sure when I make it down to Miami!
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    1. Yes, I could spend days exploring and appreciating the art in Wynwood! It will leave you amazed!

  23. That is absolutely amazing specially the ones on the school. Love how they have worked together for it, that’s a great example of community spirit. :p
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    1. Yes, I was impressed by the art but when I learned the story behind it I was totally amazed!

  24. Nothing beats an outdoor art gallery. Love a street art treasure hunt as well. Thanks for this visual delight!

    1. Absolutely a great treasure hunt!

  25. Becky says: Reply

    I love that the school is one of the street art canvases. What a cool way to inspire young people to be creative and share a message.

    1. I agree, I love that the community came together to help the school programs!

  26. I had no idea Miami had street art. When I hear Miami I think of beaches and art deco architecture. The street art in Wynwood is amazing!

    1. It was a great surprise for us too!

  27. Very cool! I love going on walks in cities like this and exploring the street art. Love the story behind it as well 😀

    1. It is a great area to explore!

  28. I absolutely love street art. One of my favorite things to seek out when I travel!

    1. I love it too:) Such a fun way to see an area!

  29. Fantastic photos. Great way to spend time between the cruise and the flight. Not as great as my personal tour of Miami but you did OK. ;D
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    1. Ha, I kmow you are jealous of my street art adventure:)

  30. What a great way to spend the day before your flight!!Those graffiti are absolutely gorgeous.The work of great artist.I especially loved the ones that had a Star wars theme.You really have a great eye for street art!Beautiful!

    1. Thank you:) I love street art. So many talented artists in Wynwood, I need to go back to see the rest of the area.

  31. Brian says: Reply

    Your pin pic is my fav. Love the old man!
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    1. I love them all with a special fondness for cats of course:)

  32. You find the best street art!

    1. Thank you Jamie, I do seek it out wherever I go:)

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  34. chai says: Reply

    awesome post with great pics on street art.

    1. Thank you, so many great pieces in Wynwood!

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  36. How cool. I love street art, and this one has an interesting story.
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    1. Thanks, I felt this art was extra special because of the story behind it. Great community!

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  38. Cathy, I absolutely love street art! You found some great ones. I’ve not been to Miami…some day!

    1. Thanks Corinne, I’ve become addicted to finding street art wherever I go:)

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