In posts over the past week or so, Charm City Streets has led you on a photo safari through twisting alleyways, inside an old factory, past warehouses trackside, and along the streets of Wynwood during Art Basel 2016. Today’s leg of the photo safari leads past the walls Wynwood has to offer in other nooks and crannies. Be prepared to see spectacular graffiti.
The former RC Cola bottling plant in Wynwood stood abandoned until Mana Miami converted it into an event space several years ago. The building and lot are gargantuan in size – providing over 2000 linear feet of wall space. Thus, graffiti writers now converge here during Art Basel to work their artistic magic on the wide expanse of concrete canvas.
During Art Basel 2016, spray cans were shaking throughout Wynwood as graff writers got down and set walls aflame. Dope new work covered walls, alleyways, roller doors, parking lots, boarded-up houses, sheds, and even the occasional slow-moving beach bum.
For those of us from northern climes, the weather during Art Basel 2016 was summer-like. Truth be told, it was hot. One probable reason for the high temperatures was the artist Sipros. He was burning up Miami painting five murals of his own and then collaborating on the block-long mural of Trump as Batman’s The Joker. The Bushwick Collective and Mana Urban Arts Projects sponsored each piece.
A few years ago, budget cuts forced the elimination of art education in Wynwood schools. That reality was hard to comprehend considering street art and contemporary art galleries were mushrooming and flourishing throughout the rest of this Miami neighborhood. Tougher still was its negative impact upon area students.
Enter The RAW Project, Re-imagining the Arts in Wynwood. With approval of school officials, the RAW Project raised donations and curated artists from around the world to add color to the walls of Jose de Diego Middle School, nurture creativity in the students, and help resurrect and enliven their arts program.
During Art Basel 2016, Fumeroism created Nanny’s Kitchen and populated it with the vibrant, multi-colored expressionistic characters for which he is known. The mural portrays an earlier time in his life when family members would gather around the kitchen table to talk, reminisce, and simply enjoy each other’s company. Nanny’s Kitchen now takes its place in Fumero’s The Table Series, a body of paintings that inspired his Table Series logo.
During Art Basel 2016, one saw scores of renowned street artists from across the country and around the world busy creating new artwork. Charm City Streets invites you along to marvel at the artistic action that took place a few days ago in Wynwood.