Street Art In Gainesville, Florida

Street Art In Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville, Florida has a growing urban art scene, with new street art and murals popping up all around the city.

 

We had no idea that Gainesville had such a growing art scene and that street art was getting more and more popular there. As we roamed the city visiting various parks and museums we were pleasantly surprised to see random murals and stopped at as many as we could to take photos. We may or may not have done some illegal u-turns to go back to murals we passed lol!

 

The city of Gainesville has really embraced the culture of street art and has invested in various projects around the city, including the 352walls, an initiative whose mission is “to position Gainesville as a vibrant cultural destination, stimulate urban renewal, foster cultural tourism and economic development, beautify the urban landscape, boost community pride, and serve as a platform for urban art studies.” On their website, you can find a map to see where the 27 walls and 7 utility boxes are located around the city. Yes, not only does Gainesville have awesome street art, but they also have awesome utility boxes.

 

Artists have come from all over the world to paint in Gainesville, and there are some that came from just down street. One of my favorites was the mural done by L.E.O., a street artist from Miami. He painted a mural of 16 year old Richard Hall, an aspiring football player who was killed by a stray bullet in Miami in 2014.

 

Interesni Kaski mural in Gainesville

Ukrainian street artists Interesni Kaski

David Zayas mural in Gainesville

Puerto Rican street artist David Zayas

Elio Mercado, Evoca1 mural in Gainesville

Dominican Republic street artist Elio Mercado, aka Evoca1

Jacopo Ceccarelli, 2501 mural in Gainesville

Italian street artist Jacopo Ceccarelli, aka 2501

Filio Galvez and Andrew Antonaccio, 2Alas mural in Gainesville

Miami street artists Filio Galvez and Andrew Antonaccio, aka 2Alas

Juan Travieso and Miguel Machado, Duo Cubano mural in Gainesville

Cuban street artists Juan Travieso and Miguel Machado, aka Duo Cubano

Reginald O'Neal, L.E.O. mural in Gainesville

Miami street artist Reginald O’Neal, aka L.E.O.

Diogo Machado, Add Fuel GRU box in Gainesville

Portuguese artist Diogo Machado, aka Add Fuel

Teaching wall in Gainesville

The Teaching Wall is dedicated as a blank canvas, a place where artists can practice and experiment their techniques.

 

The Gainesville Collective is also part of the 352walls, and is a collaboration between various local artists.

 

Gainesville Collective

Blake Harrison, Tiara Henderson, Jefreid Lotti, Carrie and Jesus Martinez, Turbado, Rachel Sommer, Luis Justo Rodriguez, Evan Galbicka, Clea Lauriault, and Jenna Horner.

 

We also found a few other murals and paintings around the city that seemed to be in the most unlikely spaces, but we really liked them.

 

whale mural in Gainesville

Here Today mural in Gainesville

street art in Gainesville

 

Another area where you can find interesting street art and graffiti in Gainesville is at the 34th Street Wall. This wall is 1,120 feet long and in some areas has as many as 250 layers of paint! It’s been around a long time and is constantly being painted over, mostly by locals and University of Florida students. You can find anything from sports related paintings, to marriage proposals.

 

What we think is really cool is that the city considers this a landmark and the police have never charged anyone for painting on the wall. In fact, when the wall was in jeopardy of being removed because of efforts to widen the bike lanes on the street, the city chose to instead narrow the road median. The city even leaves waste containers to allow for proper disposal of used paint supplies!

 

34th Street Wall in Gainesville

34th Street Wall in Gainesville

34th Street Wall in Gainesville

 

So yeah, the street art scene in Gainesville, Florida is pretty cool! We know that it’s just going to keep growing too, so we can’t wait to go back and see what new murals pop up around the city.

 

Have you been to Gainesville? Which mural was your favorite? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

 

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Gainesville, Florida has a growing urban art scene, with new street art and murals popping up all around the city.

 

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