Named one of the hippest areas in America, I had the privilege of visiting Wynwood, the warehouse and art district of Miami. In 2009 during Art Basel, Tony Goldman founded a project here featuring street and graffiti artists called Wynwood Walls. Goldman was looking to transform this district of Miami and saw an opportunity to use the blank walls of the warehouses as large canvases for art. Since Wynwood Walls’ inception, the area has turned into a neighborhood of art admirers covered in graffiti and street art.
My father used to live in Miami when I was younger, so whenever I have the chance to visit it feels like home. On this trip I was accompanied by my photographer as well as good friend Hernan. Both of us love Miami because of the unique culture it possesses. Every neighborhood in Miami offers something different and exciting. Wynwood like I said before is the Mecca of art, many local artists even house their galleries here. Its one of those places that is best appreciated by foot and I would suggest going on a Saturday when the local galleries open their doors for visitors.
The street art and graffiti are absolutely mind blowing. I am always fascinated by artists who are able to translate their work on such a large scale with a high level of detail and craftsmanship. I will never understand why historically street art and graffiti aren’t appreciated and respected. Seeing how individuals like Goldman shine a positive light on the industry, makes me happy. In addition to the art, there are many local shops and cafes around. While exploring, I ran into the world’s most stylized terrarium and a garage turned into a juice-bar. No wonder this place is coined as one of the hippest neighborhoods today.