Art is a collective of our meshing cultures, our abstract thoughts, our wildest imagination and a visual depiction of what we cannot put into words. Art is and has always been one of the most effective means in uniting civilizations on an emotional and scholarly level, almost simultaneously. We art in any and everything we encounter. We cherish it. We escape with it.Have you ever been to an art museum?
If you have never been to an art museum, you should begin by checking out The Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida. It meshes popular art with politics and social statements with tradition. It will take you prisoner and trap you within its walls, because you simply will not want to leave.
2520 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
Wall-to-door artwork in an industrial city space, Wynwood has been capturing International attention through its collection modern and urban art from artists around the globe. From politics to hip hop, The Wynwood Walls showcases mural art in a way that it has never before been seen. The subject of reality docu-series“Here Comes The Neighborhood,” which “explores the power of public art and innovation to uplift and revitalize urban communities,” showcased Wynwood as it welcomed the strategic design and implementation of an art district in an otherwise decrepit area in Miami’s Midtown Wynwood District.
Created in the warehouse district of Wynwood in Miami, FL, late and legendary founder Tony Goldman decided that Wynwood would be his “giant canvases in [bringing together] the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” Designed to incorporate six buildings in a walkthrough collection of urban and modern art, Goldman manifested his dream into reality, and in 2009 the world was blessed to discover “the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre” through “diverse representation of both American and international artists.”
Becoming a live and instrumental part of the art, pedestrians get to stroll through a mural gallery of old school graffiti and modern art pieces, embracing art that has been designed to make excellent use of and enhance its environment … not just placed into an environment because it appeals to the gallery.
In 2010, Wynwood Doors was added by Goldman Properties to beautify and renovate the outdoor space that has been left to deteriorate in an abandoned industrial jungle. The addition of an outdoor gallery that showcases the works of International modern artists, as well as bold selections from world-renown graffiti artists of the early days of hip hop, was a clever move to bring American modern and popular art to revitalize spaces left deserted. In this case, it has been used to create a land of urban wonder in portraying the modern lives of a global community.
Located in the Wynwood Art District of Miami in South Florida, guests may travel to the venue, which is located between Joey’s Italian Café on 25th St. and the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar on 26th. The Wynwood Walls are free and open to the public, while on-site restaurants and special events require various payment options, based on event type and size of party. One must be cautious with parking, however — it is rumored that not following proper direction at the venue can become quite costly.
Guests may book venue space for special occasions and get-togethers.
Break up the day with a fine dining experience at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, where you will sit among gorgeous floor-to-ceiling murals and canvases as you eat. Designed by Goldman himself and his daughter, Goldamn Properties CEO Jessica Srebnick, you can continue to chew over artistic themes and beautiful brushstrokes as you sit down for an afternoon meal. Try some of their delicious seafood, including pan seared Florida fish, mahi mahi and tuna tartar. Can’t decide? Everything is served tapas-style, so try all three. Be sure to order a cocktail to sip alongside the meal, as well.
Like the Wynwood Walls Facebook page for continual “Did you know Facts” about The Wynwood Walls. The following facts about Wynwood comes from directly their Facebook page:
- Portugual-based artist, V. Hils, utilized a jackhammer as his “paintbrush” for the mural he did inside Wynwood Doors.
- PHASE 2, one of the most influential graffiti artists from New York City, was behind the unique tribal Zulu warrior sculptures, guarding the gates of Wynwood Doors.
- Wynwood Walls hosts a city-supported art walk every second Saturday for a “true one of a kind attraction.”