The St. Pete street art scene is amazing, with murals literally around every corner! All kinds of styles and colors await visitors who can roam for hours while taking in the street art created by artists from all over the world.
When we visited St. Petersburg, Florida to see a friend, we had no idea there was going to be so much street art in the city. On our way to dinner alone, we saw so many murals that we felt like our heads were on a swivel. It turns out St. Petersburg has had a growing urban art scene for years.
The street art wasn’t always appreciated though, and was often still considered graffiti and/or illegal. So what helped to change these negative views and to bring the city into the national artistic spotlight? SHINE – The St. Petersburg Mural Festival. In 2015, the festival brought local and international muralists together to transform building walls into canvases. Now, after 3 successful years, the city has well over 40 pieces.
We say at least 40 because that’s how many photos we took as our friend played tour guide and took us around to see and photograph the St. Pete street art. We were excited when we saw pieces from artists that we’d seen in other cities like Miami, Detroit, and nearby Gainesville. When we travel we are always on the look out for street art, so the fact that we’re recognizing artists by their styles makes us pretty happy. 🙂
We also really liked how many murals in St. Pete were done by local artists. Yes, it’s awesome that St. Pete is now known internationally by street artists, but there’s a certain pride that you can feel from the murals done by local artists. One artist in particular, Derek Donnelly, has paintings all over the city and even coordinates walking tours to showcase the city’s murals.
Below are a few of our favorite murals from our time exploring St. Pete…
Needless to say, we plan on returning to St. Pete. The city is full of life and is literally popping with color. Have you been to St. Pete? Which mural was your favorite? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂
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