The Wynwood Arts District located north of downtown Miami is a warehouse district. It’s a current project of Goldman Properties for the purpose of developing a trendy hub of art to bring visitors off the beaten track of Miami. Since 2009 it’s developed to represent the heart of Miami’s street art scene right now, I was fortunate to have the chance to check it out on my trip to Miami earlier this year.
The purpose of the project was to take large scale buildings and use them as a canvas for art. All of the world’s best artists were invited to paint, thus creating the magical space of inspiration to residents of Wynwood and it’s visitors. It’s probably best summed up as a free to view, unique, outdoor museum.
Art Basel 2013 saw the theme of the ‘Women on the Walls’ programme. Nine female artists from around the world were invited to visit for an explosion of creativity, the results of which I was able to view on my visit to Wynwood Walls.
I’ve always enjoyed viewing street art when I’ve travelled and Berlin’s creative scene is perhaps the only place that I’ve seen so far that comes close to the scale and creativity of Miami’s commitment to graffiti and street art. It’s typically seen as a genre that is under appreciated and not respected, however it’s something that I feel really speaks to the heart of what’s relevant right now.
Outside the Walls
Outside of Wynwood Walls visitors can’t help but see the street art that has migrated to include murals in the surrounding area. Referred to as ‘Outside the Walls’, these epic murals cover the sides and sometimes the entire building to create breathtaking surprises down each block of the neighbourhood.
It’s an unrivalled mix of high-brow artists joining the up-and-coming scene with street artists striving to claim a wall as their own.
The evolution of the walls will only continue to give visitors a whole new reason to visit Miami and go beyond the usual tour route.
Have you visited the Wynwood District in Miami? What were your thoughts about the street art and the impact?