Though home to one of the largest cultural districts in the nation and more than 25 museums, several notable murals are taking the limelight. Discover artistic masterpieces on the walls of familiar Fort Worth hot spots, all by simply driving by.
Don’t miss: Our first (and very popular installment) about the emerging murals all around the Fort.
The Foundry District
This is another Fort Worth revitalization project spearheaded by M2G Ventures. If you don’t already know them - you will. You will truly be inspired not only to take every possible selfie, but also about life in general. This alley is filled with some of the most detailed portrait pieces as well and fun and energetic still life and abstract works.
It’s the reason to get in your car and start searching out murals on a beautiful day. It features works from: Whereon, Drigo, Girls in Tarrant, Jeremy Joel and Jay Wilkinson, Monica Wright and John Worley, London Kaye, Jana Renee and Hillary Dehoney, Nathan Madrid, and, of course, my cool new mom-friend Katie Murray.
How to find it: Weisenberger Street just east of Carroll Street
Katie Murray became a friend during my last search through Near Southside. She has a lively and vibrant touch that she has left on our city with her many murals. The “Ground Murals” are meant to be abstract and left to the viewers perception, while still delivering her tell-tale signature of bright colors and general sense of playfulness.
How to find it: GPS M&O Station Grill you will see them.
Another great piece from Katie Murray in her distinctive style but this one has a twist. This mural was done in a paint by number fashion that allowed volunteers and runners to paint portions of it themselves. It also stands to commemorate the fact that the marathon has been “running since 1979.”
How to find it: The back wall of the Cowtown Marathon building (2617 Whitmore) in the alley.
“Love Brings Together You and Me”
WestBend commissioned artist Kyle Steed to do a total of 10 murals. This is one of the murals featuring a quote from famous Texans like Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline.
How to find it: Search the parking garage. Check the vestibules and the stairwells. You won’t be disappointed because he has nine there.
“I’m Going to be Something One of These Days”
Another commissioned work from Kyle Steed. Though he is known for working in black and white he has stepped outside of his proverbial box with this colorful rendition featuring a quote from Patsy Cline.
How to find it: The side wall next to Dry Bar.
“If you are here, you are awesome”
What better place to take a shot of yourself than a place that tells you “You are awesome?” This is a popular one all over Instagram and I see why. If you are old enough to read, it elicits the need to take a picture of yourself to post for all the world to see that you are, in fact, awesome.
How to find it: The front wall of 925 Foch Street.
“Mural on Cartan’s Shoe Store”
This is a great starting point to enjoy the many murals of the Near Southside. It’s the B-Cycle stop. Take a shot in front of this colorful bird of prey as you start hunting for your own catch of the day. When asked about the mural the store people said "they just came into work one day and it was there."
How to find it: The side wall of Cartan’s Shoes at the corner of Henderson Street and Magnolia Ave.
“Paris Coffee Shop”
This is a place steeped in good ol’ fashioned Fort Worth tradition and history. It’s been in the same family for over 85 years and they pride themselves on giving tourists the down-home traditional fare they are looking for when visiting the city.
This is reflected in their mural. It was one of the first to pop up and it holds no pretense of being anything other than a traditional depiction and celebration of Fort Worth and its history.
How to find it: the side wall of the Paris Coffee Shop
More Camera-Worthy Spots
“Smile” and Yellow Wall
MELT is home to some amazing ice cream, yes, but there’s also an amazing bright-yellow wall that gives you some of THE best lighting contrast for funky, vibrant selfies. Also, MELT often reposts their favorite insta’s to their Instagram.
Check out their cool “Smile” tilework by the door. It’s another great shot-spot for those cute shoes you’re dying to show off
How to find it: Go to MELT. You can’t miss it.
“Sorry, No Social Media”
Make your own art on the chalkboards or just enjoy posting the juxtaposed messaging on your social media accounts. The neon lights really pop at night. Either way, it’s another very cool spot for a shot.
How to find it: Head to The Grove at Waterside
"The Taco Wall"
Another funky stop is the Taco Wall at Taco Heads. This is THE quintessential #TacoTuesday or #CincoDeMayo hot spot.
How to find it: Go to Taco Heads
"The Butterfly" at Pearl Snap Kolaches
A very cool almost bug collection-esque rendering of a Monarch butterfly by artist: Jimmy J Jenkins. It’s a great stop for the art lover and the science fanatic.
How to find it: The side wall of the Pearl Snap Kolaches at 4006 White Settlement Road.
Main Image: Alex Lepe