The 15 Most Unique Murals Across the Country

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The global street art community is truly a sight to behold. Incredible art murals rich with culture and history grace outdoor facades in every major metropolitan city in the world. We decided to take a look at the street art in the Krrb community’s top 15 cities…check out our favorites below.

Crack is Wack in New York

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Photo: Fc05.deviantart.net/

If you’re a fan of the artist Keith Haring, then you’ll instantly recognize this iconic orange and black anti-drug mural. Originally painted in 1986 for an East Harlem public park; it was restored to its original glory in 2007.

Provocateurs in Chicago

Photo: Wabashartscorridor.org/

Photo: Wabashartscorridor.org/

You can find this permanent installation from the artist Retna in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago and the lollapalooza exhibition on 33 E. Congress Pkwy in the Wabash Arts Corridor. Other artists included in this project include Shepard Fairey, Jen Stark, Maya Hayuk, and Keith Haring.

Art Share L.A in Los Angeles

Photo: Insaland.com

Photo: Insaland.com

Dubbed the largest mural in L.A. and quite possibly the largest mural made by London-based artist INSA, the Art Share L.A. project transformed this building into a downtown landmark. All 9,300 square feet of it!

Hense Church in Washington D.C.

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Photo: Graffuturism.com/

Contemporary artist Hense on private commission, transformed a historic church located in the Washington D.C. waterfront neighborhood, Ward 6. This up and coming area also houses a new art museum and has a thriving art scene.

Weirded Out in San Francisco

Photo: Juxtapoz.com

Photo: Juxtapoz.com

Commissioned for their permanent collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art invited Amsterdam artist Parra to do his post-pop style design on their second-floor landing. Done completely in acrylic, Parra worked day and night to complete this 60ft mural.

Traffic Intersection in Long Beach

Photo: Ioanacolor.com/

Photo: Ioanacolor.com/

Twelve different murals for three public light boxes were commissioned by the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and Wrigley Village community. The designs were taken from banners created for another popular city art project.

Offramp Gallery in Pasadena

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Photo: Itcolossal.com/

Described as pop-culture meets psychedelic, artist Mark Dean Veca was commissioned to do the second-floor outer walls in his signature style.

Steve Moon Junction in Boston

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Photo: I2.wp.com/

Steve Moon Justice is a towering 70 x 76 ft mural at Boston’s Dewey Square park made by the artist Shinique Smith. This temporary installation was commissioned by the Ross Kennedy Greenway and took 40 gallons of paint to complete.

A Love Letter For You in Philadelphia

Photo: Pcah.us

Photo: Pcah.us

One of Philly’s more famous series of murals is A Love Letter For You by artist Steve Powers. The full project including the installation pictured above span over 50 of the city’s rooftops.

Sharon of Eden in Santa Monica

Photo: Thevandallist.com

Photo: Thevandallist.com

Commissioned by the city of Santa Monica, this Tristan Neaton original mural is proudly installed in the heart of Santa Monica on the corner of Pacific St and Lincoln Blvd.

The Mad Society in Oakland

Photo: Fatcap.org

Photo: Fatcap.org

This collaborative mural by artist Reyes and Rimes sits in downtown Oakland . A video produced by The Seventh Letter and chronicles the entire project is available online.

Classical Street Art in Paris

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Photo: Api.ning.com/

French artist Zilda and his design style of renaissance inspired pieces comes as a completely new approach to street art. In order to capture his true vision, he uses a mixture of both pain and pasting techniques.

Black Sheep in Jersey City

Photo: Thejcast.com/

Photo: Thejcast.com/

Downtown in Jersey City is Italian-born artist Pixel Pancho’s installation, Black Sheep. This mural represents the artist’s life as the “black sheep” of his family.

Love Project in Baltimore

Photo: Michaelowenart.com

Photo: Michaelowenart.com

From local artist Micheal Owens comes the Baltimore Love Project. These 20 murals all are the same design, four hands spelling out the word “love”.

You’ve Changed in Toronto

Photo: Coopercolegallery.com/

Photo: Coopercolegallery.com/

Located adjacent to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, this Jesse Harris installation was created as a permanent pick-me-up for the patients as well a social comment to the gentrification of the neighborhood.

Tell Us

What murals make up your city?

 
  • Ian

    Completely Agree! The Hense Church is also known as Blind Whino SW Arts Club. Great things are happening in and around Southwest DC and the region alone!

    Thank you for featuring us!

  • I couldn’t agree more! I knew when writing this article, Michael Owen’s Love Project had to be included in this mural round-up. Truly an art piece that makes us appreciate life and love in the charm city!

  • 4more444

    Michael Owen’s beautiful work is rooted in his Baltimore community, but his artwork and artistic reputation are international. Here in Baltimore, his Love Project murals, which are only one of his many mural projects, have made a demonstrable, positive difference to people in neglected neighborhoods, by inspiring greater social commitment and economic investment in these communities. Art matters.

  • Christine West

    That would be great. Hopefully you can check it out in person, soon!

  • Christine, your place is a work of art by itself! With a description like that, I definitely should write an article on the local wonders in Houston.

  • Christine West

    It’s a wonderful city with all kinds of art from one of the finest art museums in the country, the Menil Collection to a nice amount of quality street art. And really great food…you can try practically any cuisine from around the world, as Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country. My husband and I are airbnb hosts, if you like to travel that way, check out our listing. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2325113

  • Very cool, Christine! I need to plan a trip to Houston and check out Jonathan Leach’s Ghost Grid in person.

  • Christine West

    Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas has a rotating mural program on the 3,200 sq. ft. On the side of their building. They give a local artist or artists the opportunity to transform that space for a year-long installation. The current 2015-2016 mural is by artist Jonathan Leach. This project has energized this part of Houston’s Museum District. Check it out! http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/exhibitions/2015/mural2015.shtml