Birmingham’s collection of street murals is bold, beautiful and ever-growing. Each creation is a masterful work of art that showcases different aspects of the Magic City while adding character and brightness to our neighborhoods. Thanks to local artists and artists’ collectives, Birmingham is quickly becoming a hotspot for creative and colorful street art. In the spirit of celebrating these creators and their talents, here are 21 of the most notable murals around the ‘ham.
21 Birmingham Murals
It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham
“It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” is one of the most iconic murals in the Birmingham area. Travelers from near and far want to snap a pic in front of this mural to let their Instagram followers know they’re in the Magic City. This welcoming work of art was painted in August 2014 by the now dissolved Magic City Mural Collective, and it’s located on the wall next to John’s City Diner, which is at 112 Richard Arrington Blvd. N. “It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” has been used as the official slogan since 1950 to promote Birmingham.
Wings of Avondale
The wings outside of MELT in Avondale make a perfect backdrop. Feel like a real-life angel standing amongst the colorful wings! After the original “Wings of Avondale” were vandalized last year, the community rallied to raise money so that muralist Marcus Fetch and Blank Space Birmingham could recreate this interactive mural. It is located outside of MELT at 4105 Fourth Ave. S.
Mural of Hope
This is called the “Mural of Hope,” in honor of the Hope for Autumn foundation that raises money for families battling childhood cancer, funding childhood cancer research and raising awareness. Through his work with RedPath Creative, the talented mural artist Marcus Fetch created this beautiful mural on the side of Good People Brewing Co. The leaves on the trees are children’s handprints, and the saying reads “With every fall comes spring.”
This Andy Warhol- and Vulcan-inspired silhouette mural is located at 1818 Third Ave. N. Through their work with Blank Space, Kyle Kruse and Stephanie Guckenberger created the Vulcan Mural Project, which brightens the city and showcases one of the icons of Birmingham — check it out today!
This mural is a community-painted masterpiece located at 6 55th Place near First Avenue South. The people of Woodlawn were called to paint this mural as a way to express their voice about their community. The piece — helmed by artists Rob Clifton, Moses Presnell, Daniel Williams and Andy Jordan of Blank Space — showcases a diverse patchwork of vibrant colors and elements of jazz music.
Eyes on Birmingham
Located on First Avenue North and 39th Street, this mural will definitely catch your eye! In another one of Marcus Fetch’s artistic masterpieces. He worked on this project in conjunction with Blank Space and RedPath Creative. It depicts the haunting eyes of a weathered man staring back at you through a colorful honeycomb.
Farm Bowl + Juice Co. Mural
The pastel, geometric design outside of Farm Bowl + Juice Co. is definitely worth Instagramming! This striking design was created by local artist Collin Vaughn of Locomotive Creative. Although it looks just like a painting, Colin’s design was turned into a vinyl product and heat-applied onto this wall at Farm Bowl + Juice Co., located at 1920 29th Ave. S. in Homewood. It is one of the hippest new walls in town.
Robot with Monkeys
Another amazing mural has been added to Birmingham’s artistic streets. This one is by local artist John Lytle Wilson. Find this friendly robot and his monkey friends along Morris Avenue!
Stay Cool, Birmingham
This mural by Marcus Fetch, in concert with RedPath Creative, reminds the Magic City to stay cool. Next time you’re driving down I-65 South and pass University Boulevard, look right and you’ll see it!
Cyclist with Sunflowers
One of Birmingham’s newest murals features a cyclist pedaling through the Magic City leaving a happy trail of sunflowers. This romantic and lighthearted masterpiece is located at the Alabama Ballet at 2726 First Ave. S. and created by artist Trés Taylor.
Before I Die …
New to the Magic City, this “Before I Die …” mural, created by Marcus Fetch and RedPath Creative, is hiding under the bridge on Morris Avenue. This interactive piece allows visitors to fill in their own bucket-list items.
Oh You So Fancy Mural
This mural, located at 400 41st Street, is near the entrance of Avondale Brewery. Ms. Fancy, Avondale’s mascot and the namesake of one of Avondale Brewery’s most popular brews, gives Birminghamians a “Trunks Up” cheers. This fabulous mural was created by the artists of RedPath Creative.
This gorgeous Rooster Ecoscape mural is located on 30th Avenue North. It is created by tattoo artist, motorcycle paint wizard, engraving magician and mural artist, Shane B. We are particularly drawn to the ornate detailing and vibrant feathers.
The Birmingham Pledge
We have to admit, this is probably our favorite mural in the city. Located on the side of the Birmingham Police Headquarters on First Avenue and 17th Street North and painted by artist Patricia Martin, this piece brings to life The Birmingham Pledge. In November 1997, inspired by the historic events in Birmingham during the civil rights movement, Birmingham attorney James E. Rotch composed a statement to recognize the dignity, worth and importance of every individual, regardless of race or color. This is that pledge.
Rooted in Alabama
Located in the heart of Pepper Place, this “Rooted in Alabama” mural signifies the importance of local farmers to our community and has quickly become an iconic visual at the Entertainment District’s weekly farmers market. The concept of this mural and the image itself was taken by Paul Jones III and has become and iconic fixture at Pepper place Entertainment District.
Theatre District Mural
Located at 19th Street and Third Avenue North, this mural, by artist Andy Jordan of Black Space, features revered artists, B.B. King and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. With the addition of ballerinas, this masterpiece celebrates the alive and thriving arts scene in Birmingham’s Theatre District.
Magic City Colors
One of the newest additions to Birmingham’s mural collection is this vibrant and colorful graffiti-esque wall found in Downtown Birmingham on First Avenue South. Helmed by Lewis Communications and H2 Real Estate, each section of this project was created by a different Birmingham artist, including Andy Jordan, Catriona Hegarty, Jon Osborne, Ahmad Austin and J. Chanel. It certainly brightens the walk down Rotary Trail!
Darters in East Lake
Birmingham is the only place where Watercress Darters can be found. At the Lake Cottage Book Store, the Magic City Mural Collective showcases the beauty of these creatures through vibrant colors and masterful artistry. Portland, OR-based artist Roger Peet painted the mural over six days with help from local artists Merrilee Challis and Creighton Tynes of Tynes Signs.
Hot Air Balloon
Located on 56th Street in Woodlawn, this mural painted by artists Marcus Fetch, Thurston Hamby and Moses Pressnell in connection with RedPath Creative and the Blank Space Mural Project brings a whimsical picture to the neighborhood.
Know Your History
On 41st Street, right in the heart of Avondale is this mural featuring four Birmingham icons: Fred Shuttlesworth, a civil rights activist; Sun Ra, an iconic jazz musician; Angela Davis, an activist; and Spider Martin, the photojournalist. It reminds us of the powerful forces from the Magic City. This mural is by artist, Tim Kerr.
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