visiting the wynwood walls
If you follow any travel blogger on Instagram, then chances are you’ve definitely seen photos of said blogger at the crayola-colored Wynwood Walls. I plead guilty to having a full-on photoshoot in front of each one of them my recent visit to Miami. They are so incredible, it’s impossible to resist snapping away.
But these walls are not just a pretty background. They are priceless works of street art from some of the leading artists in the field, and are the center piece of the Wynwood Arts District. You'll see works by Shepard Dairey, Maya Hayuk, Daze, Inti, Crash, The London Police - just to name a few!
So how did this happen? Wynwood was formerly an enclave for Caribbean Immigrants and a manufacturing hub for the garment district in Miami. But the exodus of factories overseas led to vacant warehouses and buildings - and one man (the late Tony Goldman) saw those walls in a new light - as canvases. Suddenly, street art took over and sparked Wynwood’s renaissance. Now, this area is a hot spot for fashion, art, design, and all things hip - from one-of-a-kind shops, to funky bars, to independent cinemas. It also has more street art than anywhere in the world and oozes creativity.
The artists who paint the walls represent a variety of styles, ages, and backgrounds - making this area a true collage and celebration of art. On Wynwood’s website you can find information about each artist and see their wall.
In Miami most people prioritize their time on South Beach, but this amazing neighborhood just a fifteen minute drive from the coast is tops on my list for things to see in Miami. In addition to the walls, there are cool shops, healthy restaurants, and fun bars to check out - making this the perfect place to spend an afternoon and evening in Miami! For more information - check out my article Hip & Healthy 24 Hours in Miami on Darling Escapes.
If you're still not sold, here’s a few photos of what you'll see if you visit The Wynwood Walls.