Explore Wynwood Walls In Miami

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By: Jennifer Agress

Discover the story behind Miami's Wynwood Walls

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Greater Miami and Miami Beach also boast the colorful and artsy Wynwood neighborhood. Wynwood has become a haven for aspiring painters, graffiti artists, creatives and young innovators alike. Just minutes from Downtown Miami, near Midtown and the Miami Design District, this thriving neighborhood centers around Wynwood Walls. A collection of giant wall murals covering six buildings, Wynwood Walls has since become a blank canvas for famed artists from across the globe.

Shepard Fairey's Tony Goldman on Wynwood Walls
Shepard Fairey's Tony Goldman mural on Wynwood Walls

History of Wynwood

Back in the 1970s, Wynwood was a collection of aging warehouses. That was, until the early 2000’s, when entrepreneur, historic preservationist, developer, restaurateur, hotelier and a patron of the arts, Tony Goldman, saw its potential.

The man behind the revival of SoHo and South Beach, Tony Goldman focused his company, Goldman Properties, on turning this failing neighborhood into a cultural oasis. Opening with Art Basel 2009, Wynwood Walls was Goldman’s vision for an open-air art gallery brought to life. That later blossomed into a greater neighborhood of art appreciation, and Wynwood’s monthly art walks confirmed the creator’s vision for a neighborhood that would become a canvas for urban street art.

Today, Wynwood is pedestrian-friendly, and includes art everywhere you turn. While the Wynwood Walls themselves are carefully preserved, buildings surrounding the park are covered in murals that constantly change as artists come and go through Wynwood to find inspiration.

Enter the world of Wynwood Walls

The Artists of Wynwood

The muralists that earn a spot on Wynwood Walls have changed over the years, but a distinct handful have made a name for themselves in the process. One artist, Aiko, a Japanese artist living in Brooklyn, gathered her best friends from across the globe, and together, they used large stencils Aiko created by hand to complete her 2009 project. Recently, Aiko updated her work in 2013 as part of the “Women on the Walls Project.”

Another artist, Lady Pink, comes from Ecuador. Starting her graffiti art in 1979, she painted subway trains in NYC for years, and quickly became known as the first woman to stand out and take over the male-dominated graffiti scene.

Maya Hayuk, on the other hand, is known for her paintings of outer space, Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures and mandalas. Her abstract paintings include elements of her immediate surroundings, and in addition to Wynwood Walls, her iconic outdoor murals can be found across the globe, including on another Goldman Properties building: Houston Bowery Wall.

In addition to these popular artists, the Wynwood Walls houses works by Avak, Cryptik/DALeast, How&Nosm, Neuzz, Swoon, OS Gemoes and more.

Shepard Fairey's Rise Above mural depicting the Dalai Lama

What to See and Do

When you visit Wynwood Walls, you’ll get a taste of Miami’s divers art world. Adorned in everything from life-sized murals of the Dalai Lama and graffiti quotes to abstract paintings and out-of-this-world sculptures, Wynwood Walls is as unique as it is creative.

The most popular time to visit is on the second Saturday of every month, during Wynwood Art Walk. This monthly event turns the entire Wynwood Arts District into a late-night street party and arts festival with food trucks, live music, and art galleries staying open late and handing out drinks.

Of course, Wynwood is popular during Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual global art fair that attracts artists and art lovers from across the globe. Before Art Basel, Wynwood Walls artists come to update their art or create new pieces designed to shock and inspire, and any bare wall, surface or structure becomes a canvas for some of the most unexpected creations.

Nearby Wynwood Walls, there is plenty of shopping for visitors to take advantage of. The Wynwood Walls Shop, for one, opened in 2012 and contains a curated collection of gifts, books, prints, and more, all inspired and created by the artists of Wynwood Walls. Guides and books about the area are also available, which visitors can purchase to gain more insight into the history and development of Wynwood Walls.

Walk a little further, and you’ll find everything from deluxe thrift stores and unique boutiques to jewelry stores, fashion houses and more. Some popular shops include MVM Miami, Nomad Tribe, Boho Hunter and Basico.

Don't miss local favorite Coyo Taco

Where to Dine

Amazing restaurants have popped up throughout the neighborhood, all in walking distance from Wynwood Walls, that have become synonymous with creative cuisine. Of these, some favorites are Coyo Taco and Joey’s Italian Café. Joey’s has been open since 2008 and is nationally renowned for its delicious pizzas and pastas from the Veneto region, and it’s wine list makes it a popular spot for a casual drink. For Asian fusion dishes in a stylish, offbeat setting, head to Back Door Monkey. And for mouthwatering vegan food and drink in a serene setting, head to Plant Miami, located in the Sacred Space.

Enjoy a day of art & sunshine at Wynwood Walls

Tours & General Visitor Information

The Wynwood Walls have evolved to welcome back visitors with a safe and renewed experience. Think of it as a cool, walkable, outdoor museum. Wynwood Walls has implemented a ticketing system, new programming and added amenities so visitors can enjoy the walls with plenty of space around them.

Official guided tours of the walls are offered through Wynwood Buggies and are performed by a trained and accredited tour ambassador. These tours shed light on the ever-changing murals in Wynwood Walls, as well as the area’s most legendary graffiti writers and iconic street artists. Official guided tours are available for all ages.

Wynwood Walls is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
and on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Wynwood Walls Shop is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed on Tuesdays).; and Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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