Tony Goldman, founded Wynwood Walls in 2009 and has commissioned many American and International artists to fill 80,000 square feet of walls since its inception. He has done just what he set out to do: give more attention and respect to graffiti and street art. No longer are you afraid to walk down the illegally tagged walls in Wynwood after dark, because he created a well respected non-stop, year round Art Basel (which is only once a year). You can find a little bit of grit and glam, giving Miami its well deserved cultural cred. Find works of art by Os Gemeos, Ron English and Maya Hayuk, just to name a few.
If you ever find yourself in Miami or plan to get there one day soon, spending a “cooler” morning roaming the gardens and surrounding streets is a must. As you can see, I’m sweating through my gray tee, which means it was unbearably hot at 10:30am when the gates opened, forcing us to move quickly through the transformed abandoned buildings and auto shops. So I do plan to revisit to roam, study, and meditate more in the incredibly inspiring and moving space and will meander through Outside the Walls, which expands past the gates and into the streets and alleyways. Whats great about this space is that I will see new works of art every time I go back time and time again due to its ever changing walls, dubbed “museum of the streets.”
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