Miami, Florida is known as one of the arts capitals of the United States, whether you’re looking for traditional works in museums or up-and-coming artists in makeshift galleries. But perhaps nothing has left its mark on the city’s art scene more than the establishment of Art Basel in 2002. It was the second location for the art festival. There are now dozens of neighborhoods where you can find public artwork. For more on the best murals beyond Wynwood, check out this story in the Miami New Times, which includes Coconut Grove and the Leah Arts District in Hialeah. Huffington Post also has a self guided map of murals in the city.
Just about everyone knows about the Wynwood Arts District, which was originally a run-down warehouse district. Today it is one of the largest open-air art galleries in the world, centered around the Wynwood Walls. Look out for pieces by both well-known artists and up-and-comers, including Shepherd Fairey, the Bushwick Collective, Maya Hayuk, and Atomik. To see what artists you can see, visit the official Wynwood website. Take a tour of Wynwood’s best street art with a local expert.
Named for the Cuban population, Little Havana is totally unique with its arts scene. Centered around Calle Ocho, many of the murals feature elements of Cuban history and life like the coffee pot pictured above. It’s a popular spot for dining, which you can explore with the Little Havana Cultural Walking and Food Tour. Plan your visit around the cultural festivals held every month.
Miami Design District
As the name implies, the Miami Design District is an 18-block area known for its shopping, fashion, architecture, and art. It was another area that was formerly made up of run-down warehouses before getting an overhaul. The public art includes sculptures and murals, including those by Zaha Hadid, John Baldessari, and Marc Newson.
Brickell was a modern financial district, but has been brightened up by public art. Now it has trendy restaurants and hotels that rival those of the more popular South Beach. Markus Linnenbrink added his colorful work on the side of the SLS hotel through partnership with the nearby Perez Art Museum.
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