The One At The Colourful Wynwood Walls
Wynwood, Miami. A once thriving Midtown district with textile factories and warehouses that were left to decay over time, but someone stepped in and gave it a new lease on life.
Wynwood was once a thriving Puerto Rican community in the 1950′s. They moved on to new homes & lives, with Wynwood left to be eventually redeveloped and become another generic part of Miami. Some people didn’t want this to happen.
So in the mid 2000′s, a group of people set out to rejuvenate the district and split it into two main areas that reflect on Wynwood’s past. One area was for fashion, the other was for art.
The Wynwood Art District has breathed new life into a forgotten Miami suburb with more street art displays, galleries, bars and restaurants than I have seen in one place.
The once tired and old building walls have had colour splashed across them like a blank canvas, giving many people a chance to show their talent to the general public.
I love it when local councils & governments allow for these types of street art projects. In what would otherwise be covered in graffiti, the walls are made into art.
When my friend Jayne from 40before30 recently visited Miami and the Wynwood Art District she posted a few Instagram photos which reminded me of a segment of a programme on the Travel Channel’s website about the area. I knew that when I got the opportunity to visit Miami, the Wynwood Walls were on the list of things to see.
With over 70 galleries, museums & collections in the area, there is a lot to see. One place where there is plenty in one place is:
At the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, the Latin-influenced food is delicious and on a sunny day, a perfect place to relax & explore the countless art on display.
If you are visiting Miami, then a visit to the Wynwood Art District is something that I would highly recommend. As something that doesn’t interest a lot of people, this free display of art managed to convince the “not interested” people in our car to get out and have a wander around.
What do you think of the idea to breathe life back into a little known suburb? Let me know in the comments.