What is it about street art that’s so captivating? Is it the larger-than-life depiction of an artist’s vision that draws us in? Is it the local flavor that a blank canvas can convey once transformed? Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we’ll let you decide.
But in the meantime, we’re here to point you to some of the best street art in Phoenix — perfect for the next time you need to safely get out of the house for a dose of creative inspiration or fresh, local content for your social media feed.
Here are some of our favorite mural walls to check out:
It’s been a while since a tour bus pulled up to The Rebel Lounge, a music venue known for hosting up-and-coming acts as well as local favorites. However, this makes right now the perfect opportunity to see the music venue’s massive Arizona mural in all its glory.
Located on the east side of the building, this mural showcases the Superstition Mountains, painted by Tucson’s Joe Pagac, behind “ARIZONA.” For this collaboration, each of the following artists brought their signature style to the lettering: A, Ashley Macias; R, Josh "BASK" Brizuela; I, Joshua Rhodes; Z, Clay Halling; O, Andy Brown; N, Volar; A, JB Snyder.
Located in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, Phoenix’s unofficial “Mural Alley” is actually more commonly referred to 1½ Street, and it’s almost hidden in plain sight. To find this wide swath of local flavor, just locate The Churchill building (closed until further notice) and head around back for the most city’s most vibrant alley.
From the area’s Indigenous roots and iconic cacti to imaginative landscapes and political themes, this collaborative effort extends the entire length of the alley, covering the walls and other fixtures with captivating works by 12 local artists: Isaac Caruso, Gabriel "Leter" Pecina, Nyla Lee, Volar, Tato Caraveo, Lucinda Y Hinojos, Josh "BASK" Brizuela, Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Lalo Cota, Jane Goat, JJ Horner, and Jesse Perry.
You Are Amazing, Downtown Phoenix
“I’m going to keep saying it until YOU believe it,” Jayarr Steiner says in one particular Instagram caption. And he means it. The sentiment he’s referring to is simple: You Are Amazing. Beyond serving as the mantra for this Tempe-based artist’s combination of vibrant colors and geometric shapes, it also represents something he refers to as an “emotional movement.”
For an over-the-top photo op, head to the southwest corner of First and Adams streets in downtown. This collaboration between Jayarr and Kyllan Maney (pictured above) just pops — all the way up to the ceiling, in fact.
One of downtown’s most recent additions, this Black Lives Matter-themed mural wall went up in June, amid peaceful marches for social justice. The mural is a composite of six individual works that depict both the bright and the dark sides of being Black in America, and is further unified by the flowers integrated throughout.
Stacy’s @ Melrose, Melrose District
A beacon for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies since 2013, Stacy’s @ Melrose is also now home to a mural wall that’s as loud and proud as the community itself. Located in the heart of the Melrose District — Phoenix’s “gayborhood” — this mural pairs an iconic desert landscape the largest set of wings in town. P.S. They’re rainbow. Created by Geremy Cites, this wall is highly visible on the building’s north side (if you’re approaching from the south, however, you might miss it). Because the bar is not currently open, you should have no trouble finding a parking spot. And don’t miss one of Phoenix’s two rainbow crosswalks, just a few steps away.