Urban Art in the Heart of Miami
I'm a planner. I love it. Don't ask me why, just know that I do.
Personally, the research that comes before going on any trip is almost half the fun. Relax, I said ALMOST. Before my trip to Miami, I did some searching and knew that the trendy Wynwood Walls would need to be high up on my list of things to-do. I didn't really know exactly what to expect but I knew I'd at least see a wall or two covered in graffiti, so, that's cool.
Fun fact number 2! I love a good history lesson, so you can only imagine how much more excited Wynwood was when I learned about the foundation of the neighbourhood. An area filled with industrial warehouses, it was once considered a "springboard community" for new immigrants. It was actually at one point a pretty rough area, one you would definitely not want to stumble upon. That was until a group of artists came along and set up shop. They purchased a former bakery (and named it the Bakehouse, cute right?), it became Florida's largest artist workspace. The area was later revamped by Tony Goldman, who dreamed of an open space gallery coated with art murals.
The fenced area gloating the words "Wynwood Walls" is just a snippet. We walked the hood for hours discovering the craziest art along walls, floors, and doors. It's easy to get lost (trust me on that one), but well worth it. Don't just take my word for it, take a look.