Murals in Miami
Miami's Wynwood neighborhood was known for leaving visitors with more of an after taste.
This working class multi-ethnic and commercial neighborhood just north of downtown Miami was one you past at 70 mph driving north on Interstate 95.
Ah, but a city's grit is an artist's inspiration.Art Basel, an annual of contemporary art festival, lured dozens of graffiti artists eager to paint the sides of vacant warehouses that dot this neighborhood now on the rise. And while the art buyers, critics and artists have left town after the five-day event in early December, many of their murals remain.
Since 2007, more than a hundred street artists have been part of Primary Flight, a mural project that invites them to put their work on buildings in Wynwood. The murals have helped spark Miami's burgeoning art community, and transform many of Wynwood's empty warehouses into art galleries.
This year, about 30 local and international artists left their art on 25 Wynwood buildings (scroll down the page to see the map of the murals).
"We set out to make Wynwood an international destination for street art and graffiti, ' said Darin "Books'' Bischof, a Fort Lauderdale graffiti artist and founding member of Primary Flight, in an interview with the Miami Herald earlier this year.
Primary Flight has merely added to the neighborhoods colorful landscape. Over the years, Wynwood has lured the artist with a passion, but lacking visibility, to take to their inspiration to the streets.
Miami artist Daniel Fila let his passion go one step further, giving birth to new life on his public canvas.
Fila, who also goes by Krave, covered a large white wall at Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 37th Street in 2003 with a large mural called "Erin". He painted a beautiful naked woman and very buff man. Earlier this year, Fila's vision of love birthed a baby.
"The exposure level is great. It's not easy to get traffic into a gallery showing. The only way to get your art seen is to put it front of people's faces," Fila said. "It's amazing for me to drive by and see all this amazing artwork [in Wynwood].".
Want to see Fila's work in person? Visit his studio Bakhouse Art Complex.