Looking for a socially distant activity that gets you out of the house? We have a perfect idea! The Magic City is full of talented artists, who have created works of art throughout the Magic City. So hop in the car and take any (or all) of these three driving tours through Homewood, Avondale, and downtown Birmingham, and see if you can spot all of these gorgeous murals.
Here are three mural tours to take this month.
3 Birmingham Mural Tours You Can Take by Car
1920 29th Avenue South
If you’re in the Homewood area, start your tour with one of Birmingham’s most Instagrammed murals. The pastel, geometric design outside of Farm Bowl + Juice Co. is both eye-catching and beautiful. This mural was created by local artist Collin Vaughn of Locomotive Creative. If you get close enough to the wall, you’ll notice Collin’s design isn’t actually painted — it’s a vinyl product that was heat-applied onto the wall.
2800 18th Street South
At your next stop, you’ll find the newest mural addition to Homewood. This beautiful yet simple symbol of hope is outside of Battle Republic. In the midst of the current pandemic, artists at Fitz Hand Painted Signs created this mural to symbolize the unity, community and strength displayed by the amazing people of Birmingham. It is the perfect reminder that we really are all in this together.
2790 BM Montgomery Street
Outside of Roman Brantley Art & Antiques, you’ll find this Audrey Hepburn-inspired mural stating, “Homewood is always a good idea.” This hidden gem is a popular spot for locals to bring their visiting guests. And be sure to stop by when Roman Brantley is open to peruse some of their gorgeous antiques and treasures!
168 Oxmoor Road
For your last stop on the Homewood tour, you’ll head to Oxmoor Road. Located in West Homewood, this mural includes the names of all the roads that make up this unique community. Created again by Fitz Hand Painted Signs, this bright and hopeful piece of art embodies just how important each community is to the city of Birmingham.
Between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue on 41st Street
You’ll find your first stop on the Avondale tour between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue on 41st Street — right in the heart of Avondale. Here you’ll see a mural by artist Tim Kerr that honors four Birmingham icons: Fred Shuttlesworth, a civil rights activist; Sun Ra, an iconic jazz musician; Angela Davis, an activist; and Spider Martin, a photojournalist. It’s an incredible reminder of some of the amazing people who make the Magic City so magical.
4105 4th Avenue South
Your next stop will take you to the wings outside of MELT. After the original “Wings of Avondale” were vandalized in 2018, the community rallied to raise money so Blank Space Birmingham and muralist Marcus Fetch could recreate this interactive mural — and wow, did they deliver! If you start to get hungry while on the tour, this would be a great place to stop and grab a delicious sandwich.
400 41st Street
For the third stop on our Avondale tour, you’ll want to head toward 400 41st Street, near the entrance of Avondale Brewery. Ms. Fancy, Avondale’s mascot and the namesake of one of Avondale Brewery’s most popular brews, salutes the Magic City with her famous “Trunks Up” cheers. This mural was created by the talented artists of Red Path Creative.
4 41st Street South
For your final stop in Avondale, head down to the beloved Sozo Trading Company. Here you will find another mural created by the team at Blank Space that encourages the community to keep moving forward and doing good. What the amazing people do at Sozo matters, what Blank Space does matters, and what we do as individuals matters. This is such a gorgeous piece, and it always makes us smile as we pass by it in Avondale!
1818 Third Avenue North
We will start our downtown mural tour at this Andy Warhol- and Vulcan-inspired silhouette mural. 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 the Magic City. SB TIP: After you grab a photo of this beautiful mural, pop into Revelator Coffee for a hot (or iced!) cup of local joe.
Second Avenue South Side of Good People Brewing Company
For your next stop, head down to Good People Brewing Company, directly across from Regions Field. On the side of the brewery, you’ll find the “Mural of Hope.” This piece was again created by Marcus Fetch of Red Path Creative in honor of the Hope for Autumn Foundation, which raises money and awareness for research as well as families battling childhood cancer. If you look closely, you’ll see the leaves on the trees are children’s handprints, and the saying reads, “With every fall comes spring.”
Corner of 16th Street South and Third Avenue South
For the third stop on your downtown mural tour, head to Watts Realty to see the beautiful “One City” mural. Another piece created by Marcus Fetch, this one sits across the street from Children’s Hospital (note the nod to the hospital’s logo on the top of the ‘Y’ in the painting), and it symbolizes the amazing Birminghamians who make the Magic City what it is today.
112 Richard Arrington Boulevard North
Stop by this iconic work of art that was painted in August 2014 by the now-dissolved Magic City Mural Collective on the wall connected to John’s City Diner. “It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” has been used as the official slogan since 1950 to promote the magical city of Birmingham.
2726 First Avenue South
For your next stop, head down to one of Birmingham’s brightest murals. Created by Trés Taylor, this mural 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.
2829 Second Avenue South
For your final stop, you’ll head to the heart of Pepper Place. This “Rooted in Alabama” mural and the image itself, taken by Paul Jones III, pays tribute to the local farmers in our community, and it has quickly become an iconic visual at the Entertainment District’s weekly farmers’ market. Spend the rest of your day perusing the shops, bars and restaurants that Pepper Place has to offer.
Enjoy your mural tours!
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