It is hard to believe that it has already been 10 years since the official opening of Wynwood Walls. Thanks to this occasion I decided to write a short post about this special festival and explain why you need to add it to your bucket list.
Miami is one of the richest cities in the United States. It is also the house to one of the most awaited art events every year – Art Basel that takes place in Miami Beach. No wonder that once the urban art fever hit the art world, Miami needed to find their way to step up their game. The abandoned warehouses of Wynwood, in the heart of the city, were a perfect place for artists and migrants to settle in the early 2000s. It was back in 2009 that Tony Goldman decided to organize a festival there by inviting some of the world-leading street artists to create large scale murals. The painted area is growing every day, as it has already been a popular graffiti destination. The popularity of art Basel helped to attract some of the biggest collectors and art lovers from around the world, creating great chances for graffiti artists to prove their talents do not grow far from those presented at the official fair. Former vandals get an opportunity to build real careers in the art market.
However, what this event did is far more powerful. Thanks to the art spreading in the neighbourhood, new businesses and successful galleries decided to settle here, helping to transform it into a really popular place, that can’t be missed. It is now one of the top tourist attractions in the city.
I had an incredible experience staying in Miami for the past few days exploring Wynwood wonders myself. In order to see more pictures & stories from Wynwood Walls check our Instagram.
Here is a selection of some of my favourite artworks: