Filled with galleries and workshops, New Smyrna Beach is a haven for artists who want to showcase their work in traditional settings. But more recently, many artists have found a new blank canvas on which to share their creativity. Throughout the city, empty, plain Jane walls are being transformed into colorful works of fantastic street art. Hit the streets to find some of these one-of-a-kind murals.
You’ll find one of NSB’s newest murals on the side of The Florida Local (202 Julia Street). Painted by artists Chelsea Preston and Alonda McCarty, this mural has a delightfully retro, yet beachy feel. A vintage car is in the forefront on the left. On the right, surfboards pay tribute to NSB’s time-honored surfing tradition. Iconic local spots, like the Flagler Avenue sign and the North Causeway bridge, are also featured. Everything is painted in punchy splashes of turquoise, green, pink, and orange, making this mural perfectly Instagram-worthy.
Frida fans will love this unique portrait of the famous Mexican painter. On display outside of Jane’s Art Center, the mural is a blend of sorts. An image of Kahlo is camouflaged among tropical leaves and flowers in vibrant hues. The mural was created by artist Beth O’Connor. Jane’s Art Center is located at 199 Downing Street.
A combination of historic landmarks, traditions, and local wildlife form The Hub on Canal’s mural. Created by artist Steve Hardock, the mural has an incredible 3D effect. A dolphin seems to burst forth from the wall, resulting in a unique interactive experience and an even better photo opportunity. The Hub on Canal is located at 132 Canal Street.
Simple, sweet, and lots of pink! Painted across The Breakers’ brick building, this mural consists of several dolphins in mid-jump, while another dolphin watches from below. The spunky animals are completed in a dark paint that contrasts nicely against the pink brick wall. The Breakers is located at 518 Flagler Avenue.
While The Crow’s Nest Bar and Grille offers incredible ocean views from its open-air second floor, you’ll want to stick to the outside to see this work of art. The mural is divided into two distinct sections. Above the waves, two wooden ships sporting pirate flags sail across rowdy waves. Below, sea creatures lurk. Be sure to snag a photo beside the giant octopus that stares at passersby with a brooding yellow eye. The Crow’s Nest is located at 203 S. Atlantic Avenue.
Step next door to see giant sea life on the walls of Wild Side Beachwear, located at 521 Flagler Avenue. This building’s exterior is coated in shades of blue to mimic the nearby ocean. A magnificent whale, dolphins, turtles, a sting ray, and more can be found when you walk around the outside of the building.
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