“Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. Other terms for this type of art include “independent public art”, “post-graffiti”, and “neo-graffiti”, and is closely related with guerrilla art..” (Wikipedia)
However, more and more organizations are sanctioning street art or public art to beautify and inform the public about a city’s history, heritage, or culture. A prime example of private organizations to inform the public is the 501(c) New Braunfels Historic Outdoor art Museum. The museum has provided much of the funding for the paintings in the downtown area such as the Lindheimer mural found on Sequin Ave one block from the city’s main plaza. This mural is part of the downtown’s area walking tour of the six murals found in the vicinity.
Then you have the owners of private businesses who want to inform the public about social issues close to their heart. One such business is the Juice Bar in Pensacola where the owner wanted to inform the public about the national suicide telephone hotline. He did this by having a mural of Andrew Bourdain (committed suicide in 2018) international food critic, painted next to the national suicide telephone hotline.
And, then there is the graffiti bridge or train trestle in Pensacola, Florida. After years of trying to prevent graffiti artist from “decorating” the bridge, the City just gave up and said “ok” by turning a blind eye. The bridge on 17th Street is now becoming an important visual to the culture and aviance of the area. Driving under the bridge on different days, the painting/graffiti seen one day will probably not be there the next day.
Of course any surface can be used as a canvas for public art. A utility box in Roswell, NM provided a four-sided canvas for the art shown there.
Or an old fashion parking meter such as those found in Pensacola provided another unique surface to highlight some of the area’s history.
This site is mainly dedicated to the street/public muralist work found in the U.S., but also to those I may find during travel overseas. There will probably be photos of murals posted from trips long ago before I decided to catalogue where they were found. Some of these images may come from earlier travels along Route 66 or along Route US 89. I have a tendency to stop, pull over and photograph from my car.
With the above being said, don’t be surprised to find other travel excursion, such as the Natchez Trace, on this site. I stop often to learn the history of the area and will also write about that trip. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a question. I sincerely hope you enjoy these virtual excursions, listed under the “World of Street & Public Art” tab (this link opens the blog pages. The down arrow at this link opens the individual city mural pages) above as much as I enjoy writing about them.