South Beach is no longer the hottest neighborhood in Miami. Visitors now flock to the Sunshine State and head straight to Wynwood Miami for the insanely instagramable Wynwood Art District. The most notable destination is the Wynwood Walls. But you’d be a fool to pass up all of the other incredible street art in this neighborhood. I recently strolled through the Wynwood Art District, here’s a Photo Diary of what I saw.
The words street art usually implies an urban and edgy aesthetic. The Wynwood Art District teaches you that street art can be a mix of pop art, modern graffiti art, urban graffiti art, pin up girl art, the possibilities are endless.
I had never seen such an impressive amount of graffiti wall art before my visit to Wynwood, and I hadn’t even arrived at the main attraction! The artwork was whimsical, emotional, political. I was in a constant state of awe and introspection every time I turned around.
I walked block by block getting closer to the Wynwood Walls with each step. All the time thinking, if these paintings are outside the walls. I can’t imagine how outstanding the featured pieces are!
I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t a short walk and it was hot AF outside. But my makeup melting off in the hundred degree heat was worth it.
Art was everywhere, even on the sidewalk! I’m from the Bay Area where there’s not a lack of street art. Especially in San Francisco, but I had never seen so much graffiti art covering so many building, for so many blocks. You seriously have to see it to understand the sheer magnitude.
Even the crosswalks were works of art!
Words with Yaz speaking nothing but the TRUTH on these Miami streets.
And then, I was there. I’d arrived at the official Wynwood Walls, an outdoor gallery of rotating artists. From religious and political leaders to abstract and realism, the depth of work was impressive to say the least.
There were pieces inspired by the early Renaissance others inspired by refugees. Since its creation in 2009 the walls have been painted by over 50 artists from 16 different countries. A neighborhood once regarded as “El Barrio” and “Little San Juan” because of the number of immigrants in the area had a major makeover. But should it be referred to as gentrification, beautification or both?
The gallery inside the Wynwood Walls showcased everything from pop art prints to fine art paintings. Walking in, you’re confronted by a beautifully painted structure of an Asian woman. On one side she’s looking directly at you. On the other, she’s blindfolded.
Have you visited to Wynwood Walls? Would you consider what’s happened to Wynwood gentrification? Please share your opinions in the comments below.