About Wynwood Walls
The Wynwood Walls was conceived by the renowned community revitalizor and placemaker Tony Goldman in 2009. He was looking for something big to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood, and he arrived at a simple idea: "Wynwood's large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place." Starting with the 25th–26th Street complex of six separate buildings, his goal was to create a center where people could gravitate to and explore, and to develop the area's pedestrian potential.
The Wynwood Walls became a major art statement with Tony's commitment to graffiti and street art, a genre that he believes is under appreciated and not respected historically. He wanted to give the movement more attention and more respect: "By presenting it in a way that has not been done before, I was able to expose the public to something they had only seen peripherally." Murals by renowned street artists have covered the walls of the Wynwood Walls complex since 2009, and to create more canvases and bring more artists to the project, Tony opened the Wynwood Doors in 2010 with 176 feet of roll-up storefront gates. The painted exteriors and interiors of the doors reveal a portrait gallery. Murals have also been commissioned for Outside the Walls through 2011, in key locations outside the park itself.
The Wynwood Walls has brought the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami. Jeffrey Deitch co-curated the first successful year of the project in 2009, collaborating with Tony before his appointment as museum director of MOCA Los Angeles. In 2010 and 2011 Tony selected the artists with the help of Goldman Properties Arts Manager Meghan Coleman, and Medvin Sobio of the Visual Arts Collective Viejas Del Mercado, alongside input from a network of artists, curators, and international experts in the street art genre. "We have strived for a diverse representation of both American and international artists that encompasses everything from the old school graffiti artists to the newest work being created around the world. The project has truly evolved into what my friend Jeffrey Deitch calls a Museum of the Streets," Tony summarizes.
From around the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Portugal, Ukraine, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Germany, France, and Japan, the celebrated artists who have contributed to the Wynwood Walls include: Os Gemeos, Invader, Kenny Scharf, FUTURA 2000, Dearraindrop, FAILE, BÄST, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Sego, Saner, Liqen, Nunca, Ben Jones, HOW & NOSM, Ryan McGinness, Jim Drain, Ara Peterson, Retna, Stelios Faitakis, Clare Rojas, The Date Farmers, avaf, ROA, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Logan Hicks, b., PHASE 2, Joe Grillo, COCO 144, Gaia, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Neuzz, Swoon, Ben Wolf, David Ellis, Barry McGee, Brandon Opalka, and Friends With You.
The world-class murals and spirit of the project continues to attract thousands of people to the Wynwood Walls each year. Among other things, it is an inspiring model for the revitalization of run-down, abandoned historic communities and a must-see destination for the city.view artists
Wynwood Doors Artists
In 2010, Tony Goldman added the Wynwood Doors to the lot adjacent to the Wynwood Walls complex. He turned a piece of land that was formerly a dump into a park with boulders and beautiful trees. On the blank back walls of a section of this land, he installed metal roll-down gates to break up the 100-foot total width (with two 30-foot side panels and a blacktop surface covering 3,000 square feet), thereby bringing more canvases to the mural project. On the 15 gates and the walls underneath them, his idea was to feature smaller works by artists who don't necessarily work on a monumental scale, and to turn the public on to more of the language of the graffiti and street art movement.
Tony describes his vision for the Wynwood Doors: "I wanted to create this kind of 'road warrior,' desolate, deteriorated, forgotten, inner-city street scene that had all of the street frontage closed down with rolling gates. I wanted to wrap this area in gates of different sizes, helter-skelter, and then I wanted to bomb it, write it and tag it—but by the best bombers and writers available in the country, really let it be the worst of a graffiti-laden forgotten neighborhood. This would be my homage and tip of the hat to early writers. And then—because there's always got to be a surprise in a Goldman project—I wanted the opportunity to have, like any museum does, a portrait gallery. I wanted the surprise of rolling the gates up and revealing a whole collection of humanly scaled works by a host of different artists."
The impact of seeing this bombed-out area and the surprise of the portraits underneath the gates are just what Tony intended. He paved the area so that events like poetry readings or music recitals could be held in the space, and depending on the vibe, the gates could be rolled up or down to elevate the kind of art being created. For him the roll-down gates are a piece of history that is very much connected to graffiti, like the subway cars. "Roll-down gates were great surface to write on," he says. In realizing his vision for the Wynwood Walls in 2011, he continues to bring a never-ending curious public to the Wynwood center.view artists
Outside The Walls Artists
Walls Outside the Wynwood Walls, encompassing key locations outside of the actual art park itself and in the surrounding neighborhood, will be created by avaf (Brazil and France), Nunca, and Interesni Kazki (Ukraine); joining works previously completed by Swoon and Barry McGee.
Adjacent to Wynwood Walls is Wynwood Doors. Comprised of 176 feet of rolling store front doors, the Doors debuted in December 2010 with the work of artists Phase II and Coco 144, early writers of the New York subway system. According to Goldman, "This year, The Wynwood Doors are going to be presented as an outdoor street art portrait gallery. The exteriors of the doors have been "bombed" or "tagged" by well known, well respected graffiti writers and when you roll up the "doors" it will reveal a gallery of figurative characters by international street artists. When the gates are down it will have the appearance of a beautifully desolate street but when the doors are up you will experience the "faces of Wynwood." The interiors will be done by Joe Grillo, Gaia (USA), Vhils (Portugal), Neuzz (Mexico), and Interesni Kazki (Ukraine); with existing components by Phase II and Coco remaining intact.
The paint for the Wynwood Walls 20111 has been sponsored by: 33third Los Angeles, Montana Cans, & Mid-City Artsview artists