Among other things, we love photographing murals and other street art as we travel from place to place. Whether they are advertisements for the shops inside, commissioned paintings, or graffiti, street art catches our eyes wherever we go.
Take a look at some of the best murals we have encountered.
Murals Within the U.s.
On the New York side of Niagara Falls lives an alley known as Art Alley. It is full of funky paintings, like the boxer cat and the Cold Bold Mold shown above. Though not the ONLY place to find murals in Niagara Falls, it was our favorite.
Marvin spotted this mural in Seattle. We love the vivid colors, and the inclusion of the Space Needle in this depiction of the Seattle skyline.
The small town of Pinedale is located in Western Wyoming. The simple cattle painting above perfectly captures the feel of this adorable town with its distinct western feel and the vast open spaces surrounding the town. Below, the piercing eyes of the owl caught my eye as we walked along Pinedale's main drag.
Some of our favorite murals in the world reside in New York's Little Italy.
Above, Beau Stanton's piece caught our eye because of its colors and theme, but the story behind the mural is worth reading. You can find more information from WNYC, New York's public radio station here.
Below, Tristan Eaton's "Big City of Dreams" and his portrait of Audrey Hepburn show his remarkably distinct style. We love both the colors and the subjects.
In Laredo, TX, we stumbled across a long span of murals, depicting Texas flora and fauna, like the roadrunner, cactus, and deer pictured above.
Street art abounds in San Diego. Marvin especially liked the Marvin the Martian graffiti he spotted, and we were glad he snapped the photos when he had the chance. We enjoyed a nice lunch in Little Italy and, walking back past the building, we discovered that a painting crew had already painted over Marvin the Martian!
One of our favorite sightings in Corpus Christi was this painting on a random fence. Mercats? Catmaids? Cat-mermaids? Whatever they are, they love flowers, and we love them!
Houston is another city that is just full of interesting murals. Some no longer adorn the walls where they once lived, so we are glad we had the chance to see them while they did.
Though we haven't noticed an abundance of murals in Tampa, we love the vibrant colors of this one in historic Ybor City, Tampa's Latin Quarter.
Austin is a mural-lover's paradise! The Hope Outdoor Gallery is an entire graffiti park that encourages residents and visitors to let their creative juices flow. But our favorite murals are found elsewhere throughout the city.
Above, the mural dedicated to the city of Austin can be found just off 5th Street, and we love the superhero kid defeating the monster that is presumably "not-love."
Below, the murals depicting Louis Armstrong, Janis Joplin and friends, Gandhi, and the guitar-playing roosters can be spotted on the sides of the Goodwill Boutique on Lamar. Please note the clever incorporation of spray paint cans into Satchmo's trumpet!
Murals across the Globe
This mural in Belize City is beautiful in and of itself, but I love the juxtaposition of the mural overlooking the blue-green waters of the Caribbean.
During our two days in Toronto, we spotted numerous murals around the city. We are quite sure there are more hidden throughout this sprawling metropolis, and the next time we go, we will definitely be on the lookout!
This funky, colorful graffiti fascinated Marvin as we walked the streets of Winnipeg. I'm loving the wacky 90's throwback shirt and mis-matched just-as-wacky pants!
Above, painting garage doors appears to be a thing in Tijuana, and we are all about it!
Below, Marvin is in love with this colorful portrait of notable Mexican artist Frida, and we couldn't resist the bright colors of the butterfly and the sun and moon paintings in the market area.
One of the few murals we found in Piedras Negras was this simple flower.
In Old Town Dubai, we spotted this mural by artist Ruben Sanchez. We love the colors and the scene depicted - a campfire, a musical instrument, and a pet. What more do we need?
We hope you've enjoyed seeing some of our favorite murals around the world! What cities have your favorite street art?
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