Since moving to Florida I have realized that I have a real love; some people call it an obsession for Street Art! I love traveling to different parts of the state to admire and take photographs of gorgeous murals that cover entire buildings! I usually stumble across hidden gems that are filled with this amazing art. However, there is a major attraction (neighborhood) in Miami called Wynwood that celebrates this raw beauty. Wynwood is just north of Downtown Miami and is the home of several beautiful galleries, graffiti and cool restaurants. Although this place has not always been something to celebrate, it is now an area where locals and tourists are excited to visit. (The Art District is approximately between NW 20th Street and 36th Street and NE 2nd Avenue to I-95; however the heart of the District is roughly between NW 22nd Street and NW 29th Street and North Miami Avenue to NW 4th Avenue.)
Although I am only 45 minutes away from Wynwood, it actually took me over a year to set time aside and head down to the city. Don’t get me wrong I have traveled to Miami several times but not specifically to; what I call “Graffiti Gawk“! 🙂 There were a few specific pieces that I had been dying to see/photograph. However, I took my time, because me, being the silly person that I am figured no one would dare paint over Tupac and Biggie! HA! Note to my naive self…next time don’t take anything for granted! While I was out discovering other art in nearby areas, I missed my chance to see what I considered to be the most epic of all masterpieces.
When that day finally arrived, I grabbed my mom, all my gadgets and headed to go photograph. The first stop on my list was NW 26th St and NW 2nd St, the location where the Tupac and Biggie murals were located. After we parked and reached our destination, I looked from corner to corner and finally told my mom that we must be in the wrong place. I asked a few people and they confirmed I was in the right location. They also said that the work I was looking for was probably painted over. The artist seems to change the work every December. I just stood there and the only thing I could think was “THE NERVE”! I was really offended! LOL! After a few minutes I pulled myself out of my funk and hit the pavement. There wasn’t anything I could do, and I didn’t want my sour mood to ruin what turned out to be an epic time.
Although I didn’t get what I came for, as you can see I really can’t complain! These works are simply amazing! We were both so excited as we walked from street to street, we didn’t realize that it had been about 2.5 hours since we had arrived. My mom tapped me on the shoulder, and said that we should be heading out because it was getting dark. I wasn’t ready to head out, but I knew we could come back at anytime.
During this visit I walked away with not only tons of beautiful images, but it was also a very good learning experience! “Never take anything for granted! One day it’s there and the next day it can be gone!”
Until next time Wynwood! #Loveit!!!
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