It’s hard to miss the wall art in Durham, North Carolina. Even if it’s not your thing (and it is my thing), you can’t help but notice. The visitor’s center has these great little booklets with a lot of murals mapped out. I programmed a walking route into my phone GPS and enjoyed my tour of the city that way. Understand that I found much more art than what was covered in the booklet. Sadly, two of the murals I sought have disappeared beneath new construction, so my guess is that the booklets must repeatedly be out of date due to new art and human progress.
Take a look at these murals. Some are really great:
There were a couple of murals I could not see for the foliage.
I think tapas is the best idea ever. Just order a bunch of small plates and share, and order more till you’re full. 🙂
As I mentioned to Lou in my earlier post, every time I walked out the door of the hotel, I found more art. It’s everywhere in Durham! In fact, as I have reviewed my photos, I keep finding more public art that I did not include in the last post. If you like sculpture, go back and take a look at the last post I made from Durham, because I have added more images.
19 thoughts on “Murals in Durham”
Thanks for posting all these mural pictures. I’m really getting into looking for them and enjoy seeing what other people find. I think I like the old ones as much as the new ones – the older ones help me picture what times might have been like years ago.
Hi there, thanks for commenting. Are you in the Durham area or do you just mean you look out for murals in general? I am in the Portland, Oregon area, and began photographing and documenting murals there. Now I look for them everywhere I go. I agree with you: the old murals make me think about other times. Like the one I found in Baltimore: https://crystaltrulove.com/2019/12/09/baltimore-shiver/ If you scroll about halfway down you can see that on a brick wall it says, “VOTE AGAINST PROHIBITION.”
No I’m in the northeast so not near there, but I like looking out for them. Not too many in the suburbs where I am though! I’m going to check out your link next – thanks!
An intriguing walk around. I, too, like those older, faded, adverts – I go for Car on the partly obliterated one. The walk around the crane certainly gave a better view.
Alright, one vote for Car. I found the mural and the crane entirely by accident. One cannot tell from the outside of the brick facade what is on the inside. I only walked into the courtyard because of a sign that seemed funny to me. I walked in and took a photo, then when I turned around to leave, I found this huge, beautiful mural! Albeit hidden behind a crane and some trees.
A magnificent walk idea. I’d love to do it as well and would be happy trying to spot as many as I could. I love them all, the penguins, the fish, the bakery, the really old ones, the bulls, and all the well-deserved food as well. But my favourite photo is the one of Pedro. 🙂
That’s your favourite? ❤ You must miss us. That was from the evening, when we were on our way to visit a Lemur Center. I can hardly wait to show you! Anyway, yes, I wish you could have walked the tour of the city with me. I could have used your practiced eye at spotting things. I did get some good door photos, which I imagine I'll post eventually. Doors usually make me think of you 🙂
❤ Looking forward to it!
Jacksonville had several of the ads from what seems like a different, simpler age, Crystal. But that age didn’t have the wonderful murals we have today. Another thought I have on the murals: Their production is creating a whole new generation of artists. I wonder how much of the impetus came from graffiti growing up? Fun collection! –Curt
It’s intuitive, Curt. I have assumed that graffiti and beautiful wall art are related, but I have nothing to back up that assumption.
Look up “Banksy” on the Internet, Crystal. I think he is a great example of the evolution of graffiti artists. Then Google “world’s best graffiti artists’ for a number of other examples.
I follow Banksy’s account on Instagram. ❤
Ah… you are ahead of me, kiddo. 🙂
I love these! Last year returning from a refuge trip I passed through a small town (Toppenish) east of the Cascades that had dozens of (well, 75) murals throughout town but none nearly as colorful as these! Such a cool way to dress up a town!
I have noticed a few towns that do this on purpose: actively create an identity of having murals. I agree with you that it’s a good way to dress up a town. 75 is a lot of murals for Toppenish.
I 💚 murals! They create such an interesting layer in the urban landscape. Looks like you had a lovely trip, Crystal.
I clearly love murals too, ha ha. We did have a good trip. Thank you! Mine was more fun, and Pedro said he was glad to have attended the conference and was able to talk to some experts in the machine learning field.