It’s been awhile but I’m back with the rest of my photos from an afternoon exploring the Wynwood Walls and design district of Miami City. As a reminder, Wynwood Walls is an official project inviting famous international street artists to create inspiring murals which have inspired the whole neighbourhood to become a maze of painted surfaces. In my last post, I shared photos from around the walls, here I’ll share images from the wider area including well-known and up-and-coming artists. Overall I just love the use of the wide white buildings, the inspiration of the setting seen through the frequent use of blues and art deco motifs, and the ambiance of the area as a whole.
Miami may have some of the best beaches, bars and boulevards of any destination in the USA, but once you have burnt you skin along the shore it’s time to head inland to see what the city proper has to offer. Wynwood is at the heart of the Art District, where former warehouses have been converted into boutiques and trendy eateries and the walls are lined with paint. I often write about different street art hotspots along my travels, but Wynwood really takes the cake. The epicenter is the Wynwood Walls, an official and permanent project showcasing internationally renowned graffiti artists including some of my personal favourites Miss Van, Swoon and Maya Hayuk.
One of the most unusual experiences when visiting Cuba’s the lack of advertising – it’s something you don’t consciously think about at home, but once you hit the sun soaked streets it’s noticeably absent. There are no flyers on lampposts, or even jingles over the radio in taxis. Instead, the only disruption you may see to the authentic Cuban vistas are messages from the government, often in the form of propaganda murals. It’s safe to say Cuba has more Che Guevara stencils than all the bedrooms of teenage boys combined. In this post I’ve included some examples of these public propaganda symbols from my travels through the country.
I never know quite what to expect with both exhibitions or events, so I was pleasantly surprised by the blogger launch party at the LUMAS gallery. Located on south Milton street amongst designer stores, LUMAS is a surprisingly accessible art gallery focusing on contemporary photography. While there is plenty of craft and artistry in the showcased work, it is lacking in the pomp and pretension I had feared. Instead, themes of vivid colour, exploration, glamour and beauty were core to most of the pieces.
Given the transient nature of street art I always mean to shoot more photos of the pieces I see around Shoreditch, and with the start of 2016 and a new iPhone on hand, I’m making a conscious effort to do just that.
These photos were taken when walking back from Old Street to Brick Lane, along Great Eastern Street and Hollywell Lane. There’s two big construction sites that have provided ample canvas for artists to decorate. The site on Great Eastern Street and Leonard Street creates almost a curated art walk with a few tunnel like walkways. These areas are always worth checking out if you’re in the area, as the art is likely to change every month or so.