There's another South Florida neighborhood ending in "wood" that's being beautified with incredible street art.
Just north of Miami, contemporary outdoor murals have been popping up around downtown Hollywood over the last year, adorning the city with vibrant colors and imaginative characters. Organizers with the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project hope to spur an artistic renaissance similar to the one Wynwood experienced when developer Tony Goldman conceived of the Wynwood Walls outdoor mural project in 2009.
The murals are intended to "activate an interesting scene downtown and will connect the wine-and-dine crowd with cultural events, drawing pedestrians beyond their usual haunts," Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency director Jorge Camejo told New Times.
Already, Hollywood is leading Broward and Palm Beach counties in the installation of public art, one mural at a time. In just one year, the exteriors of charming but neglected buildings along Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street have been revamped with commissioned works by top local artists including David “Lebo” LeBatard, Jessy Nite (see video above), Luis Pinto, Eddie Mendieta, and Ruben Ubiera, among others.
This weekend, painter Tatiana Suarez will unveil DHMP's 10th mural during the monthly ArtWalk, which will coincide with the program's one year anniversary. Suarez, whose work is known for its ultra-feminine appeal, will be adding the finishing touches to her mermaid-inspired mural during a live painting session for public viewing.
See the stunning murals of downtown Hollywood below:
"Be-Bop Into Outer Space" by David “Lebo” LeBatard
Located on the historic Great Southern Building Complex (southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Young Circle), 1832 South Young Circle.
“Untitled” (Mona Lisa) by 2Alas
Located at 1900 Hollywood Blvd.
"Hollyhood Kaleidoscope" by Jessy Nite
At New Age Cycles at 1901 Harrison St.
"Over Look" by Eddie Mendieta
Located on the west wall of Gallery 2014, 2014 Harrison St.
"Oasis in Progress" by Michelle Weinberg
Located on the north side of the historic Great Southern Building Complex, 1832 South Young Circle.
"Amduat" by Luis Pinto aka StrangeWays
Located at 1843 Harrison St.
"83 and Sunny" by Ruben Ubiera
Ubiera with his Hollywood-themed mural located at Ramada Inn, 1925 Harrison St.
"Posers and Dream Crushers" by Evoca1
Located at Dusson Apothecary & Spa, 2020 Hollywood Blvd.
"The Concrete Daydream" by Rob Robi
Located at Muzart Kidz Konnection at 1946 Harrison St.
Murals on Harrison Street
"Mermaids" by Tati Suarez
Suarez sketching her Mermaids Mural at 2020 Harrison St., Hollywood, FL.