In 2009, Urban Visionary and Placemaker Tony Goldman partnered with Jeffrey Deitch (Deitch Projects Soho and now director of MoCa Los Angeles) to create the Wynwood Walls. What began with a series of parking lots, loading docks, and drab rundown factory buildings, became a curation of high caliber murals from Futura, Shepard Fairey, OS Gemeos, Kenny Scharf and others. The Walls opened for Art Basel 2009, and now two years later the collection has expanded to include over thirty artists from around the world, becoming a “Town Center” in a district that has grown into one of the largest concentrations of commissioned murals in the World.
Episodes beyond the trailer definitely dive into more mature content, but this episode about the project photographer, legendary Martha Cooper, is also worth highlighting for the kids. She gives a bit more background about the project’s community and impact, and touches on the history of the street art that she’s photographed.
In the archives: Watch how more murals are made.
via Laughing Squid.