D.C. July 18, 2017
14 Incredible DC Murals To See Around The City
DC has some incredible art museums but some of the best art can be found on the streets. DC is home to gorgeous murals and street art. While there are so many beautiful murals and street art all over DC, here are the 14 best murals in DC.
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1. Ben’s Chili Bowl
The mural at Ben’s Chili Bowl has always been famous and they recently repainted it The new mural features Muhammad Ali, Barack and Michelle Obama, Chuck Brown and many other inspiring people.
2. Adams Morgan Mural
This brand new mural is a playful scene is in an alley at 1814 Adams Mill Rd NW painted by artist Anieken Udofia.
3. Marvin Gaye Mural
The Marvin Gaye mural is a tribute to the iconic signer and was painted by Anieken Udofia, who also painted the Ben’s Chili Bowl mural is located on 700 block of S Street, NW.
4. Every Day I See Something New
This fun mural was designed by artist Cita Sadeli CHELOVE and you can find it at 1742 Kalorama Road. It’s a tribute to the hidden and not so hidden treasures in DC.
5. Great Wave of Georgetown
Painted on the side of a Georgetown row house, the Great Wave is based on The Great Wave of Kanagawa and was painted by J. McConnell. Snap a shot of yourself trying to ride the wave to make it Instagram worthy. The mural is at 3510 O Street NW.
6. Watermelon House
Everyone loves the Watermelon House in Logan Circle at 1112 Q St NW, D.C! The mural was completely accidental. The painters were painting the house red but the side ended up looking like a bright pink so they got creative and painted a watermelon.
7. The Fridge
Follow the mural to The Fridge, an art gallery and performance space. The gallery is located in a back alley and the mural leads people right to its door. The fridge is located at 516 8th Street SE, Washington, DC.
8. Heart Wall
The heart wall is a, well, beloved mural located at Union Market at 309 5th St NE, D.C. It was created by an LA graffiti artist named Mr. Brainwash for International Women’s Day in 2015 but has stayed as one of the most popular features in the neighborhood.
9. Metropolitan Branch Trail Mural
Just north of Rhode Island Avenue on the popular bike trail. They hosted a "mural jam" a few years ago and artists were invited to contribute their work and extend the mural.
10. Mama Ayesha Presidential Mural
The Presidential Mural extends on Mama Ayesha’s, the popular Middle Eastern restaurant. It features eleven American presidents starting from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama.
11. Chocolate City Mural
This mural is located at 14th and S St, NW to the right of Left Door (we couldn’t resist saying that!). It’s a tribute to the city’s history and its nickname from the 1970s.
12. Humanity Wall
This mural was originally painted in the 1990s but was redone in the early 2000s. The Wizard of Oz theme plays off humanity as the characters search for qualities like courage and love.
This new mural was brought to DC by the POW! WOW! festival. 15 artists created 15 different murals including this one on or near abandoned and defunct locations.
14. The Toy Theatre
Painted by artist Peter Waddell, this mural is a giant toy theatre at 1914 Sunderland Place NW just south of Dupont Circle. The mural is a nod to the undeveloped area that would become Dupont Circle.
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