Find colorful murals throughout Asheville, thanks to many talented artists. And, they are free to enjoy! Murals have beautified otherwise conventional and bleak urban architecture, each having a unique personality and story. See our favorites in person by taking your own mural tour!
Created in 2008 and 2009, the beautiful and complex Lexington Gateway mural covers the six concrete piers that support the I-240 bridges over Broadway Avenue in downtown Asheville. Created by Arts 2 People’s Asheville Mural Project, it transformed a dark, dirty area into a vibrant area. It was a huge effort, painted by five artists with the coordination of many more. Themes in the mural are sustainability, arts and culture, community, and Asheville saints featuring standing portraits of 40 local citizens.
A 10-ft. rooster welcomes you to Chicken Alley, a narrow alley in downtown Asheville that was once a gathering area for chickens. The mural by Molly Must is located on Carolina Lane at Woodfin, between Broadway and Lexington.
Look up at this three-story-tall drop of wine, named 511.95 hz of wine by artist Jimmy O'Neal for the frequency of the last drop in a wine glass. Appropriately located at the 5 Walnut Wine Bar (5 West Walnut).
Triangle Park Mural in downtown Asheville showcases the history of the Block, Asheville’s oldest African-American business district, wrapping a small park. (Corner of Sycamore Alley and South Market Street)
The Shindig on the Green Mural is a 6x12-ft. tribute to the long-running summer music series in the adjacent Park Square Park that features Appalachian music and dance. (20 South Spruce Street)
On the side of the Aloft Hotel (corner of Lexington & Aston), artists Alex Irvine and Ian Wilkinson teamed up to create a stylized mural using painted surface and ceramic tile that reflects both the hotel's modern architecture and nearby historic terracotta buildings. The mural features a woman daydreamer looking over downtown Asheville. In the background, an inverted art deco horseshoe pattern references the historic location of Asheville’s farrier trade. The project is part of the City’s Percent for Art Program.
See 2015 "Burners and Barbecue" creation, a tribute to the Big Lebowski at Sky Lanes Bowling (1477 Patton Avenue). Read about the Asheville Mural Project below!
Enjoy a beer on the outdoor patio of The Odditorium Bar and study the details of the 2014 Burners and Barbecue "Wild West Asheville" mural at 1045 Haywood Road.
At Hall Fletcher Elementary (60 Ridgelawn Rd, Asheville), artists Ian Wilkinson and Alex Irvine spent a month in 2013 in the classrooms with fourth-graders to design this mural, bringing excitement and beauty to one of our poorest schools.
River Arts District
Located by the parking area for White Duck Taco (1 Roberts Street), Good Vibes cover an old silo beside a changing collage of graffiti. Graffiti has evolved into many, continuously changing canvases throughout the River Arts District (some legally painted and some not!). Many express underlying social messages or expressions of the artist at the time. Read more about the River Arts District.
A new project in 2016 in the River Arts District is called Foundation Walls, a place where graffiti artists are encouraged to paint the outside walls of some old warehouses at 339 Old Lyman Street. This dirt road leads to a new skate park. These huge canvases with ever-changing designs are spread over 13 acres.
Near the Foundation Walls, Artist Jonas Gerard painted a 30-ft. mural at his studio at Riverview Station at 191 Lyman Street.
Asheville's Biggest Mural: In 2016, "Burners and Barbecue" music and street art festival gathered 50+ mural artists, led by Ian Wilkinson, to create a massive 15,000 sq. ft. canvas. It transformed the rusted, gray industrial building, Asheville Waste Paper Mill (304 Lyman Street) along the French Broad River. One small section is the "Love Mural" painted by Renda Writer as a tribute to RomanticAsheville. Read more!
New in 2017: Appalachian Mural Trail plans to place and locate historical outdoor murals celebrating our Appalachian heritage within driving distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. More details TBA!