Wabash street and vicinity, Chicago

The Wabash Arts Corridor, founded in 2013, is a portion of Wabash Street in downtown Chicago. It is now the home of many large murals in a wide variety of styles.  I know that I didn’t find them all, but here is a large selection of them.  I’ve also included some smaller pieces that aren’t necessarily part of this project.

two murals on a wall on Wabash street in Chicago, on the wall Columbia college, beside a parking lot with a little bright orange car as well as other cars

below: A peacock painted in black and white by thedailydrizz aka Andrea Dunn

mural of a peacock done in black and white paint and made to look like it was done on 4 pieces of paper, on an old brick wall, by Andrea Dunn, a k a the daily drizz

below: Slime Mountain by Heidi Unkefer

mural in pastels tones, a reddish triangle, point down, and a light blue triangle, point up, meet in the middle, face on blue one, hands and little creatures too,

below: by Jordan Nickel, aka POSE

a bright collage-like mural

below: Many faces on the walls at this corner.  On one side are colourful abstract faces by Kashink,

two level parking structure on a street corner in Chicago, the short walls are painted with street art faces. On one side are colourful abstract faces by Kashink and on the other side are black and white faces from the project called Stop Telling Women to Smile.

below: “Stop Telling Women to Smile” is the title of the series on the other walls of the parking structure, a series of women’s faces in grey tones by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

on the walls of a parking structure, a line of realistic faces in grey tones, a man sits on a bench beside it

on the walls of a parking structure, a line of realistic faces in grey tones, two rows high

below: A mural by Darryll Schiff, “Descending into Heaven”

mural on a wall, black people in silhouette walking towards numbers in LED lights that look digital

below: By Lady Lucx and Sarah Stewart, an untitled piece on a parking structure wall.

walls of an elevated parking structure painted in an octopus mural

close up of the eye of an orange octopus in a mural by a parking structure

2 murals on Balbao street in Chicago, a blue one by a parking lot and one by asup on the side of a restaurant,

below: Mural  called “Make Your Own Luck” a group of cyclists by asvp on the side of the South Loop Club Bar & Grill
mural by asup on the side of a bar and grill on Balboa street in Chicago, in red, white and pale blue

below: “High Tide” by Amuse126

a large watery blue mural

below: Sticker, Lucky Gnome proclaiming happy changes in his life.
a sticker made with a USA postal sticker, picture of a gnome with words,

below: A paste up on a post, Andy Warhol
paste up of Andy Warhol on a post

below: “X Marks the Milky Way” by Renee Robbins, 2016

X Marks the Milky Way, a mural in a Chicago alley by Renee Robbins, abstract colours and shapes on a teal background

below: “Gift to the Class of 2016” by Don’t Fret

mural on wall above mollys Cupcakes in Chicago, a man with hands by mouth

below: On “The El” where orange & green line trains pass by

large murals on walls surrounding a parking lot that has an elevated train passing over it

below: Just the “Y” at the end of the word “Harmony” in a mural by Ben Eine beside a silver and grey mural by Marquis Lewis aka Retna

part of two murals, the letter Y and one in silver and grey

below: “Moose Bubblegum Bubble” by Jacob Watts

large mural of a moose blowing a big pink bubble with bubble gum

below: “We Own the Future” by Shepard Fairey in the same style as his “Obey” series

mural by obey in red, black, and gold, on upper storey of a brick building in Chicago

below: Watching over black horses on grey, a mural by Ricky Lee Gordon called “I am You, You are Me”.

horizontal mural of a woman's head in profile and horses, in black on grey

below: by Hera, “Imagine if we could Tolerate Each Other’s Differences”

on the upper storeys of a brick building in Chicago, a mural by Hera of a woman holding some birds in her hand, a small white figure stands beside her

below: A redheaded woodpecker. This is only a part of a larger mural that has been covered over by a large ad.  It was “From Boom to Doom” by Collin van der Slujis.   Seems like doom has won.

part of a mural, a large red head woodpecker, but rest of mural has been covered over by a large ad

below: “Impossible Meeting” by Marina Zumi
a mural by Marina Zumt of a doe and a buck, two deers, meeting nose to nose, painted in blues and purples

below: On the far right, by antckone aka Anthony Lewellen

four vertical panels close together, the two on the left are portraits, then an elephant and then a cartoon character by antckone

below: Butterflies on the corner.  There are many butterflies in this mural by Hector Duarte.  It is a representation of Mexican immigration.

a butterfly painted on the corner of a building

below: Within the confines of a small dog run, Melanie Vazquez‘s “Contra Todo Siendo Resistendo”

a mural behind a fence, pink, with yellow sun and green cactii

below: A large mural in a small space. “Standing Wave” by Justus Roe

large abstract mural beside a parking lot, small area, also in a fenced in space

below: Part of “Listen to Learn” by Hello Kirsten aka Kirsten McCrea.   Using an old telephone receiver to shed light on life.  The fence was a barrier.

car parked beside a mural, large hand holding an old fashioned telephone receiver but using is as a flashlight

below: The other side of the fence and the other side of the mural

mural by Hello Kirsten on the side of a brick building with a blue exterior metal staircase

below: A second rate photo I’m afraid.  It’s taken through the window of a moving train… and I forgot to go back and find the mural after I got off the train.  It is 8100-square-foot mural painted by Italian street artist Never 2501 in 2015.

seen through the window of a train, a large mural in Chicago

below: Ruben Aguirre, “Drowning City”

orange shapes on black, mural

below: Sun bum is winning.   J.C. Rivera’s “The Bear Champ vs Sonny”two cartoon-like characters wrestling of boxing, one has shirt on that says sun bum

mural in bright oranges and reds, sharp edges, linear, and across the street are portraits of musicians done in tile shaped pieces

on the corner of a building, on both sides, a mural in bright oranges and reds, sharp edges, linear, with a realistic hand as well,

mural in bright oranges and reds, sharp edges, linear, with a realistic hand as well, people walking past it, one man with hand out pointing at something

carol taking a picture of a row of murals of black musicians done in little squares on a brick wall in Chicago

mural of a black man singer made in tiles in blacks and white with shades of blue

photo (or photo like picture on a wall of a man looking at a tornado made of objects

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words on paper, Dircksenstrasse

below:  An old window on Dircksenstrasse covered with paste ups and other graffiti.   The top left pane has two posters with words.

First: ” Nichts andert sich, ausser ich andere mich. Alles andert sich, sobald ich mich verandere” which translates to “Nothing changes unless I change.Everything changes as soon as I change.”

Second (& longer): “Erwartet nicht, dass die anderen euch das Leben, die Liebe oder die Frohlichkeit bringen. Ihr musst zuerst in euch selbst die QUellen des Lebes, der Lliebe und der Freude offnen. Um zu empfangen, muss man mit Geben beginnen”, or in English: “Do not expect the others to bring you life, love or happiness. You must first open in yourself the sources of life, love, and joy. To receive, one must begin with giving.”

four panes of an old window covered with paste ups and other graffiti.

below: A closer look at the bottom part of the window.  On the right is a poster playing on the famous painting ‘American Gothic’ (1930) by Grant Wood.  The red noses means that it’s the work of MIMI the ClowN

On the left are more words.  This time they say “Helft einander. Liebt einander, jeden, alles, jedes, Blatt jeden Lichtstrahl. Vergebt.” or in other words, “Help each other.Love each other, everyone, everything, every, leaf every ray of light.Forgive.”

lower two panes of an old window covered with paste ups and other graffiti

below: Nearby is another old window with more graffiti.   The larger yellow poster says: “Das Universum Liebt dich und hil– dir” or in English, “The universe loves you and helps you.”.

On the right: “Dein schones Herz ist voller Gute. Verschenke diese Liebe und Gute uneingeschrankt an die Geschopfe der Welt.” which translates to “Your beautiful heart is full of good. Give away this love and goodness unrestricted to the creatures of the world.”

paste ups covering an old window, two posters with words, and one with picture of two black women

In both of the above posters the words are credited to #Azmuto.  He is the author of self-help, motivational type books so I suspect that these posters are self-promotion as much as anything else.  I’m not sure how that fits into the “advertising vs street art continuum” but they don’t scream ‘buy me’ so I have included them here.

glitter on Dircksenstrasse, Berlin

The pictures on this page are all of paste-ups from artist SOBR‘s project, “It’s Time to Dance”.  They feature life size images of people dancing, alone, in couples, or in groups along with a lot of glitter.  There pictures were taken in August 2018 at which point the paper had been on the wall for a few months.

below: They share the wall space with a lot of other pasteups such as this chicken – dancing with the chicken?  Or maybe not because this chicken seems to have lost her head.

street art project, It's time to dance, by French street artist Sobr or Sobreon a brick arch, a paste up in black white, life size picture of people dancing,

below: Party time!

on a brick arch, a paste up in black white, life size picture of people dancing, large group both men and women, glitter too

on a brick arch, a paste up in black white, life size picture of people dancing, three women, one in a long skirt, one topless

below: The young girl in pink and purple is a paste up by TONA

on a brick arch, a paste up in black white, life size picture of people dancing, women and glitter on a brick arch, a paste up in black white, life size picture of people dancing, three women, one with back showing

below: Even the little green guy is dancing but I doubt that it’s because of happiness.  His pockets are empty and he’s precariously balanced on a Euro.

on a brick arch, a paste up in black white, life size picture of people dancing, on two arches side by side, one with just one person dancing, and the other side with a couple

EvL, Edward von Longus in Wedding, Berlin

While walking in Wedding, a part of Berlin, last summer I came across three tall images by Edward von Longus, an Estonian street artist.  In fact, it’s his little hedgehog on a laptop graffiti that is sometimes at the top of this blog.

These are what I saw:

on a pillar in Wedding Berlin, an almost life sized in shades of grey, street art of a person that looks like Abraham Lincoln in a long robe

below: These figures are part of (R)estart Reality an app that facilitates combining street art and digital technology.  Apparently there were 100 ‘people’ in many European capitals with a story to tell to those who have the app.  The program began in June 2017 and I am not sure if it is still running. in shades of grey, street art of a person - a soldier sitting down, helmet on and gun in lap by Edward von Longus

It was in celebration of Estonia’s 100th birthday.

on a pillar in Wedding Berlin, an almost life sized in shades of grey, street art of a person, working man in jeans and jacket

Downtown Hollywood Mural Project

The Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP) is a collection of more than 25 murals scattered around downtown Hollywood Florida.

close up detail of the colours and shapes in a turtle shell, mural

below: A sea turtle by Ernesto Maranje swimming on a wall.

sea turtle mural on a wall

below: Mural by Logan Hicks

mural of a person suspended in midair

below: A woman’s head in blue tones by rone

rone mural of a woman's head in blue tones - whole horizontal mural in parking lot with cars parked in front

rone mural of a woman's head in blue tones

below: A watery scene, ‘Off the Deep End’ by Nice ‘N Easy (aka Allison Matherly and Jeffrey Noble).  This is only a small section of the mural; it covers the whole wall and there is another pink life ring floating in the water.

aquamarine coloured water in a mural with pink tile edges on the pool and pink life ring floating in the water

below: A few zany and lovable characters by Kenny Scharf

abstract cartoon like characters in a mural, palm trees

below: Blue lattice, or pulsating waves, or something like that, by Hoxxoh

mural by hoxxoh of blue circles or pulsating waves on a wall

below: A large Mona Lisa over the entrance by 2alas (aka Andrew Antonaccio)

large face in grey tones made by vertical lines of differing darkness, over the entrance to a building, also shards of colour, triangles on white background

below: Pentagon-like shapes and a few squiggles, by Molly Rose Freeman

below: Palm trees and other plants on a pale pink wall, by Nicole Salcedo

mural by Nicole Salcedo, a pale pink wall with black outline drawing of trees and plants

below: Vertical rectangles of colour, part of a mural by Henning Haupt.

vertical bars of colour in a mural, mostly red and pinks with some blue and yellow

below: The Concrete Daydream by Rob Robi

mural on awall, blue, pentagon shape within a circle, blue squiggles

The last few pictures are from the same mural, by evoca1 (aka Elio Mercado)

below: A gorgeous vulture (if you can consider a vulture to be gorgeous)

a realistic mural painting of a vulture in shades of grey, in flight, beside two parked cars in a parking lot a man riding on the back of a verylarge vulture, he has a bow in his hand and is shooting arrows

part of a mural, a white dove is flying towards an open bird cage but it has been shot by an arrow

below: The woman holds open the door of a bird cage for the white dove but the dove was shot by an arrow. a woman holds open a bird cage for a wounded dove, mural, by evoca1 paint peeling on mural, woman in blue head scarf is holding open the door of a bird cage

There are a few other blog posts already written about the Hollywood murals.  They are:

  1. emo and remote collaboration
  2. The London Police
  3. Tati mermaid murals

emo & remote collaboration in Hollywood

Emo (aka Eddie Mendieta) and Remote (aka Jay Bellicchi), both from south Florida, collaborated on a large mural in downtown Hollywood, Florida.

a mural by emo and remote, also known as Eddie Mendieta and Jay Bellicchi

Two women, one at each end, reaching for the sun in the middle.  Their hands and fingers are loosely wrapped by a vine that is also reaching for the sun.

part of a mural by emo and remote, large yellow and orange sun in the middle, a hand is reaching for the sun, a vine is growing up the hand and fingers towards the sun

close up of woman's face in mural, in grey tones, lying on her side, width of face is height of wall, blank expression on her face

emo and remote mural, rays of light form the sun on blue sky with finges reaching out, vines wrapped around fingers, small green leaves

one end of a mural by emo and remote in hollywood florida can be seen on the side of a building, as seen from across the street, car parked in front, tall palm tree

London Police in Hollywood

As part of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (in Florida) there is a playful mural by The London Police, painted in 2014.

full mural by The London Police on a wall beside a parking lot in Hollywood Florida

The main character is one large smiley face astronaut and the supporting cast consists of numerous miniature astronauts.

close up of big smiling astronaut face looking at a tiny astronaut, in a mural by The London Police

in a mural in Hollywood Florida, five small astronaut characters with ropes as they try to climb up

a pipe comes out of a wall, painted on a mural, small astronaut characters are coming out of the pipe

in a mural, a large black wrench that syas adjust on it T L P signature on mural, 2014, Hollywood FLorida

The above photos were taken in July 2017 .