Ten years ago, visiting Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood wouldn’t be on your list of things of to do when staying in the Magic City. It was a rough part of town dominated by warehouses, shoe factories, vagrants and junkies.
But Wynwood’s reputation started to change in 2009 when late real estate developer Tony Goldman saw the area’s pedestrian potential. He teamed up with Museum of Contemporary Art, LA Director Jeffrey Deitch to embark on an ambitious plan. They took over six warehouse buildings and a parking lot in the most blighted section of the neighborhood with a vision to transform the space into an international outdoor street art museum.
He found the world’s best street artists, brought them to Miami and gave them large canvases on the sides of buildings to create. The colorful walls opened for Art Basel 2009 and instantly became the epicenter of Wynwood’s turnaround.
In the 2011 short-form docuseries Here Comes the Neighborhood, Goldman described his efforts this way: “Through paint, energy and creativity, you’re sending out an electricity and imagery that elevates.”
While Goldman is gone, his legacy lives on in Wynwood. There’s hardly a surface that hasn’t been touched by his vision. Dozens of street artists from around the world have contributed to the economic revitalization of the neighborhood.
You’ll find art galleries, design firms, breweries, coffee shops, restaurants and other creative businesses housed in the once abandoned industrial buildings. Wynwood has become the place to be and be seen for locals and tourists alike and is a living, breathing art gallery like no other.