Living in Key West has been an amazing experience. Island life isn't for everyone, but in the age of Amazon, I don't miss civilization very much. That said, we haven't spent hardly any time in the nearest mainland city except going to and from the airport. I've had a couple day trips to see Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens and Monkey Jungle, but I haven't gotten to take in the art scene of Miami.
I sorely regret that three years of Art Basel have passed me by. Hopefully, I will someday make the trip to see the energy and excitement it offers. On an adjacent note, I was mildly aware that Wynwood was known to have lots of murals and street art. I had no idea about the scope of the Wynwood Walls project.
The first murals were painted in 2009 when Tony Goldman sought the help of Jeffrey Deitch as co-curator to bring foot traffic to his restaurants, Joey's and Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (above) that he opened in newly purchased six abandoned warehouses near 25th and 26th Street. Deitch envisioned a "museum of the streets."
In 2010, the next ten walls were added and Wynwood Doors was born. The courtyard includes trees, grass and sculpture. It's a wonderful stroll through connected courtyards ripe with color and message. There are now more than fifty murals and public sculpture pieces.
Each year, a theme is announced and twelve chosen artists from around the world are encouraged to use it as a springboard for their creation. Artists start their art during the last week of November. Visitors to Wynwood can see them as they work. A few days before Art Basel begins in early December, the outdoor exhibit is closed to the public until officially unveiled. The theme for the newest walls during my visit was humanKIND and one of the walls says "human, kind; be BOTH!"
Both photos above are by NYC artist Futura 2000. This mural is one of the originals. I couldn't help but wonder if the cranes have been there since 2009, since they feel like they are an extenuation of the art.
artist: Futura (new york)
artist: kenny scharf (nEw york)
artist: shepard fairey (los angeles)
artist: e. Cooper (oklahoma)
artist: david choe (lOs angeles)
artist: faith 47 (south africa)
artist: Tristan eaton (los angeles)
artist: beau stanton (NEw york)
artist: vhils (portugal)
artist: lady pink (NEw york)
artist: case maclaim (germany)
Artists: pichi & avo (spain)
Artist: alexis diaz (puerto rico)(with mural by the london police in the background)
Artist: inti (chile)
artist: bardalo Ii (portugal)