Ever wonder how many murals are on display around Downtown Memphis, and where exactly you can find them?
Well we've done all the work for you! Each mural in Downtown Memphis is listed by neighborhood.
Take the day to learn about and enjoy Downtown Memphis's urban art with a tour through our mural guide, or just find that one mural you've always wanted to use as an Instagram backdrop. You're sure to experience Downtown Memphis in a fun and creative way.
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The Core Murals
"The Sound of Memphis" Mural
Painted by Damon Lamar Reed and Pugs Atomz is located on Main Street across from Aldo's Pizza (100 S Main St #101, Memphis, TN 38103). Photo by James Wessels
The Artery Murals in Barboro Alley
The Artery in Barboro Alley (east and west of Main) showcases work from: Christopher Reyes and Michael Roy aka Ninjacat + Birdcap, Emily Miller, Lawrence Matthews, Eszster Sziksz and Stephanie Cosby, Marcellous Lovelace and Joseph Boyd. Be sure to visit at night so you can see the Ninjacat + Birdcap work in full-effect!
Bird Cap Phone Box
Created in 2015, this mural is located close to Jefferson Ave on N Main St.
Untitile phone box mural
This creative electrical/phone box mural can be found at the corner of Man and Union near City Market.
Another phone box mural on Main St. by @Nosey42. It can be located on South Main close to Madison ave.
A Day in the Life
This mural was painted by the Assasin Duo can be found Next to SAGE (94 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103) and Aldo's Pizza on Main Street.
You can get a view of this mural from the intersection of Madison Ave and S Main Street.
Rendevous Alley Mural
This mural by Brandon Marshall can be found across From the entrance of the Rendevous (52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN, 38103).
The murals painted on the sides of the abandoned Sterick Building were painted by Kyle Taylor, Brandon Donahue, and Brandon Marshall were "inspired by the work, the big ideas, the soulful struggles, and the elbow grease that has made, and is making, Memphis what it is. These can be located on Madison Ave and N B.B. King Blvd.
A Note For Hope
This mural by Jeff Zimmerman is located on 195 Madison Ave. "Jeff Zimmerman, assisted by Rhodes College students and CODA staff, painted an original, five-story high mural on the east side of the vacant building located at 195 Madison Avenue. Owned by Rhodes trustee Wilton “Chick” Hill, the mural is visible from the stands of the Memphis Redbirds stadium" (Urban Art Commission).
A piece by Greely Myatt is located on Adams Ave and N Front Street on the side of Memphis City Hall (124 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103). "Artist Greely Myatt was commissioned to produce a decorative screen for the plaza at Memphis City Hall. Composed of recycled street signs, Myatt drew on his upbringing in the coutryside of Mississippi for inspiration" (Urban Art Comission).
The Madison Avenue Trolley- Third and Madison
This mosiac is inspired by downtown life was created by Cynthia Metcalf, Jeanne Seagle, and Lea Holland. It is located on the ground of the trolley platform on Madison Ave close to Stadium Ct.
Freedom from Want! Mural- Stereo Alley
“Freedom from Want!” By Carl E. Moore is a contemporary surreal image for one’s desire to live without the want for food or Shelter. We live in a country where we waste food on massive scale. We throw away things that can still be used to fulfill the want for a newer model. We live in spaces that are sometimes 50 to 100% larger than what we need, yet there are still people who are homeless. The concept is loosely based on Norman Rockwell’s 4 Freedoms. “Freedom from Fear” is to live without the fear of war, false imprisonment, injustice, racism, lawlessness and the threat of an unstable government.
Mockingbird Mural -Escape Alley
The Mockingbird Mural by Melissa Wilkinson's design incorporates a vibrant, multi-tonal abstract sky-scape featuring the Northern Mockingbird, a bird native to Tennessee and known for its range of vocal abilities. Humble in beauty but always a prominent personality, it depicts a diversity and range in song that serves an embodiment of the collective Tennessee persona.
The Core: Meandering Mississippi Mural
Meandering Mississippi Mural by Darlene Newman and Angela Myers
The Mississippi river begins in Minnesota and the mouth of the Mississippi is located at the Gulf of Mexico. It spans almost the whole height of the United States of America: 2,348 miles. Imagining lines of movement upon this railing inspired the artist to visualize water flowing -not just any water, but the Mississippi River. Because the Mississippi meanders so much, that inspired her to take her signature lines and wrap them around these very long railings, representing the meandering attributes of our Mississippi River. The surrounding abstract textures are akin to the sometimes choppy waves.
Meandering Mississippi is the railing along First Horizon.
The Core: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil Mural
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil Mural by Jamond Bullock
Jamond Bullock reimagines the classic “See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil” phrase in this painting.
This mural is located at the Bon Ton Cafe fence (Maggie H. Isabel Alley).
The Core: Disco Alley Window Light Boxes
Disco Alley Window Light Boxes by A&M Creative
The work aims to tell the history of Raiford’s Disco aligned with the larger history of disco, depicting Robert Raiford as a folk hero of the discotheque movement. The light boxes create a disco pattern in the existing windows of Floyd Alley.
Site: Floyd Alley
"Always On" at Moxy Hotel
I sought to create a bold piece of artwork that felt modern but also stood the test of time. At the center of my concept is the undying spirit of youth transcending generations: a curious, awake mind, a wild quest for pleasure and an intoxicating freedom that comes from within.
Once I had decided to highlight these qualities the rest came naturally. A chaotic cloud of color, heat and flash, where seemingly random and magical elements coexist in perfect harmony, connecting the three characters, each a proxy for the aforementioned spirit of youth.
About the artist:
Pablo Espinosa is an award-winning visual artist, designer, and citizen of the world. Born in Mexico City, he has lived and worked in New Zealand and Japan and has been involved in projects on five continents. His work has been seen in advertising campaigns, journalism websites, street posters and galleries.
South Main Murals
History of Civil Rights in Memphis
Created by Micheal Roy and concept design my Derrick Dent. This mural can be found on the corner of MLK and South Main St on the MLGW Downtown Community Office building. You can learn more about the details and story behind the mural in this ILoveMemphisBlog article.
I Am A Man
This mural was created by Marcellous Lovelace with BLK75. This mural was inspired by the "I am a Man" march that took place on South Main. The piece is part of the South Main Mosaic ArtWalk.
It can be located on South Main st. close to Hueling near 398 S Main St, Memphis,TN 38103.
This mural was created by Lance Turner made for the grunge musician Jimmy Lindsey ( known as Jay Reatard) who passed away at age 29. This mural can be found on Vance Ave on the side wall of the building off S. Main St.
The Untitled Train Mural
Created by Brandon Marshall (mural) and Kenny Hayes (sculpture, assemblage) this mural pays tribute to South Main being Memphis's railroad hub. The piece is part of the South Main Mosaic ArtWalk.
It can be found on the wall next to Cafe Pontotoc (314 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103).
Hope Will Lead Us There
The "Hope Will Lead Us There" Mural by Erin Williams is behind Street Ministries Downtown at E Pontotoc Ave and Turley St.
Upstanders Mural - Facing History and Ourselves
These extraordinary Memphians embraced the challenge to speak out, stand up for others, and make decisions that have helped to create a more inclusive, just, and compassionate Memphis. Located at 115 Huling Avenue (near the National Civil Rights Musuem), this mual was created by artists: by artists Nelson Gutierrez, a Bogota, Columbia native who now works out of Memphis, and Cedar Nordbye, an associate professor at the University of Memphis and founder of the Memphis Mural Brigade.
The mural was a collaborated effort between the UrbanArt Commission, National Civil Rights Museum and Downtown Memphis Commission.
Click here to read about each Memphian depicted within the mural.
Lucky Heart Mural
The Lucky Heart mural was once the sign for the Lucky Heart store which was one of the oldest African-American beauty supply stores. The Store has since moved but the Lucky Heart mural is still there located at Hueling and South Main Street on the side wall of 409 S Main.
The "Modern Hieroglyphs" mural by Anthony Lee was awarded the American’s for the Arts Public Art Year in Review Award in 2009. It is located across from Cross Fit Hit And Run (574 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103) and spans down South Main Street.
The Memphis Poetry Panels
Located next to (574 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103). "Along a 48-foot stretch, eight popular song lyrics about Memphis are stenciled in white on a bright red background. Renowed musicians with a history in Memphis share their passion about the city, among them such notables as Roy Acuff, Big Bill Broonzy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Junior Parker and Rufus Thomas" (Urban Art Comission).
Carolina Underpass Murals
These murals of historic downtown Memphis locations can be found on Florida St. beneath the underpass close to Loflin Yard (7 W Carolina Ave, Memphis, TN 38103).
U Rock Memphis Mural
This can be located from the National Civil Rights Museum parking lot off Mulberry St. on the side of URock Photography building (136 GE Patterson Ave, Memphis, TN 38103).
Happy Mexican Mural
This Van Gogh like mural is on Side wall of the Happy Mexican Downtown (385 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103).
That's How Strong My Love Is
This mural painted by Kyle Taylor in 2014 and can be found at 375 South Third Street close to GE Patterson.
Star Kids Mural
This Mural was created by Vitus Shell and can be found at 455 S. Front Street.
This mural uses images inspired from Memphis, Eygpt and Memphis, Tennessee. The artist is unknown and it can be found next to the squirrel and raccoon grafitti on the corner of Talbot and S. Main St.
South Main and Pontotoc Mural
This mural is located on S. Main St. and E. Pontotoc Ave. The artist is George Hunt and was painted in 1983.
Grizzlies RiverFit Stairs Mural
Showcasing a new design each Memphis Grizzlies season, you can get a great workout on these stairs located across from Tom Lee Park.
The Edge murals
"The Millennium Wall"
This Millennium Media Label "M" mural can be found at 317 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 from the side parking lot where Madison Ave splits.
The work in the Edge is overhead, underfoot and omni-present as it pays homage to the neighborhood's past while serving as creative placemaking for the future. There's More to be Proud Of from Cat Pena hangs in the space above the most prominent intersection, Cedar Nordbye's Maker's Walk is literally carved into stone markers in the sidewalks, Anthony Lee and Kirsten Williams' ulta hip auto murals decorate garage doors, while Lester Merriweather's racing striped mural creates an east-facing welcome to the neighborhood.
Marshall Arts + Edge Garage Doors
The murals on the entrance of the gallery Marshall Arts were painted by MIchael Roy and is located at 639 Marshall Ave, Memphis, TN 38103.
You'll find several garage doors with murals highlighting the history of the automotive industry in the neighborhood. Thanks to Anthony Lee and Kiersten Williams, you can find these murals throughout The Edge with various color palettes.
The Garden Path Studio Mural
Panited by Gina Sposto, and Austin Swopeis and is located on 597 Madison Ave, Memphis,TN 38103.
The I Love Memphis Mural "St. Blues" by Brandon Marshall Is locate in the parking lot next to Saint Blues Guitar Workshop (645 Marshall Ave, Memphis, TN 38103).
Otis Redding Mural
The Otis Redding Mural is located on 655 Marshall Ave, Memphis, TN 38103.
Beale Street murals
The Beale Street Wings
Beale's newest mural gives you wings and is a perfect photo-op on America's most iconic street. The mural is located right next to Tin Roof (315 Beale Street).
This I Love Memphis Mural can be found on Handy Circle on the side wall of Wet Willies (209 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103).
Choose 901 Mural
The Choose 901 Mural faces the Fedex Forum (191 Beale St, Memphis, TN, 38103) on S B.B. King Blvd behind Dyer's Burgers.
Gibson GuitarTown Guitars
Beale Street has it's own artistic guitars spread out along the street thanks to Gibson GuitarTown. Snap a photo with a guitar at B.B. King's, Silky O'Sullivan's or other bars/restaurants on America's Most Iconic Street.
Click here to read more about the Gibson GuitarTown guitars.
American Flag Mural
This mural of the American Flag can be seen from the corner of S 4th Street and Beale Street on the side of the 340 Beale Street building.
I Am Free Mural
Uptown's cool paint drop mural was done by the same artist who did "Hope Will Lead Us Through" mual by Streets Ministries, Erin Miller Williams. It's located at the corner of Second Street and Mill.
Living in Community
This mural was painted by Charlie Forrester. "Charlie’s design shows his interest in creating beauty and creativity in the streets of Memphis, while demonstrating how artwork can communicate a distinct soul of Memphis’ family roots" (Urban Art Commission). It can be found on the corner of Mill and North 5th street on the side wall of Brian's Grocery (533 N 5th St, Memphis, TN 38105).
An Afternoon in Uptown
"An Afternoon in Uptown Memphis is designed by 18 year resident and Uptown native, Carl Scott. Carl chose a few local landmark to illustrate Uptown’s progress of old and new neighborhood establishments" (Urban Art Commision). Located on Mill and N 3rd St on the side wall of Roxie's Grocery (520 N 3rd St, Memphis, TN 38105).
A mural painted by Brandon Marshall can be found on N 3rd Street and Greenlaw Ave On the side wall of Grace Church Memphis (190 Mill Ave, Memphis, TN 38105).
This mural is located at N 5th Street and Bethel Ave on the side wall of The Bake Shop (258 Bethel Ave, Memphis, TN 38107).
Pinch District murals
The Pinch District Mural
This mural was painted by Amy Beth Rice is located on the side of the Carriage Tours of Memphis Building (393 Main St., Memphis, TN 38103).
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