We may walk past them every day, but how often do we stop and actually enjoy some of the public art this city has to offer? Charlotte offers some fantastic murals that can truly brighten your day.
Plus, we all know a cool background in a photo can really bump up those likes on Instagram. So, if you’re looking for those likes or just want to appreciate some cool artwork, here are 10 Instagrammable murals and exactly where to find them.
(1) Solstice Tavern
Location: 221 N Davidson St.
Artists: Nick Napoletano, Jonay Di Ragno and Brittani “Georgie” George
Interesting tidbit: Brand the Moth, an artist collaborative coordinated by Sam Guzzie, brought together these three artists to paint two sides of Solstice Tavern’s building at 3221 N. Davidson St. This visual mural for Solstice was meant to be “full of life and color.”
(2) Two Scoops Creamery
Location: 913 Central Ave
Artist: Miriam Medrano Yumet
Interesting tidbit: The Lake Norman location also features its own mural of ice cream characters.
(3) Magic Carpet Murals
Location: One just over the tracks of Atherton Mill, a second by the Convention Center, and a third right by Triple C Brewing.
Artists: Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn
Interesting tidbit: Unterhalter and Truhn had done similar murals in other cities before being invited to do them here by Charlotte Center City Partners.
(4) Seventh Sin Tattoo Company
Location: 927 Central Ave
Artist: Alex DeLarge
Interesting tidbit: Back in April, a drunk driver ran through a large window and into the Seventh Sin Tattoo Company shop. The workers boarded up the large hole and DeLarge painted this mural of Boba Fett over those boards. Talk about making the best out of a bad situation!
(5) Jack Beagles
Location: 3213 N. Davidson St.
Artist: Will Puckett
(6) White Rabbit
Location: 920 Central Ave.
Artist: Gil Croy (@6colorpopartportrait)
Interesting tidbit: Many describe the White Rabbit as the go-to shopping spot for the Charlotte LGBTQ+ community.
(7) Friendship Trays
Location: 2401 Distribution St.
Artist: Rosalia Torres-Weiner
Title: Mother Nature’s
Interesting tidbit: Torres-Weiner said the building’s wires, electrical boxes, and poles made this mural difficult to paint. She came up with a creative solution and decided to turn those wires into the woman’s hair.
(8) The Local
Location: 105 E. 5th St.
Artists: Matt Moore and Matt Hooker
Interesting tidbit: Neither Moore nor Hooker are formally trained artists, but both have been described as “that kid” in school who everyone asked to draw something or design a tattoo.
(9) Five Points Plaza
Location: 1635 West Trade Street
Artist: Abel Ronnie Jackson
Interesting tidbit: This is just one of an entire exhibit of murals in the area near Johnson C. Smith that tell the story of the Underground Railroad.
(10) North Davidson Street
Location: 35th and North Davidson streets
Artist: Osiris Rain
Title: Art of the Chalice
Interesting tidbit: In a previous profile, Rain said closed eyes are a common theme in his work and they portray “purity of being in the moment”.
And that’s a wrap on this #mural for the #stellaartois #artofthechalice campaign here in the #NoDa #art district of #charlotte #nc . This piece is 10’x46′ and was painted over the course of one week. A big shout out to @napoletanoart and Adam Schaeffer for jumping in to help knock this piece out. Couldn’t have done it without you! #cltarts #charlotteart #streetart #streetartofficial #mtn2017 #mtn94 #brokenleg #graffiti #osirisrain
Photos: Vanessa Infanzon, When In Carolina, Yay for Murals in Charlotte, NC, Seventh Sin Tattoo Company, Hannah Noblin, Susie McKeon, Bentley, Abari Game Bar, Osiris Rain, Charlotte Rail Trail