STREETS OF WYNWOOD
Take a wild ride into the riot of color, creativity and chaos that is Miami’s street art scene.
Airs Monday May 27th at 11pm
Every year during the Art Basel fair, street artists from around the globe converge on Miami’s Wynwood district to transform its streets anew with a riot of creative colors. Streets of Wynwood transports the viewer into this nomadic subculture to meet some of world’s best exponents of urban art and to appreciate first-hand how this once clandestine tribe of taggers, graffiti writers and muralists have claimed their place in the broader art world. It’s a dazzling experience.
Miami’s Wynwood District is the World’s Annual Street Art Mecca
Once a year, when the Art Basel fair comes to Miami, street artists from around the world converge on the city’s Wynwood neighborhood to color and compete. Each December, the walls of this former warehouse district are spectacularly transformed as new works by the world’s best urban artists are painted over prior exhibits. Streets of Wynwood, a new film from WLRN Public Television, takes us inside this fascinating yet little-known global subculture that spans the artistic gamut from “tagging” and graffiti to towering murals of astonishing quality. Some might endure for years, while others vanish, or are defaced, within days of completion. Filmed by multiple camera crews during recent Art Basel Miami festivals, the film is both an immersive journey into an eye-popping street art jamboree, unparalleled in any other city, and a thoughtful exploration of a burgeoning artistic movement whose greatest exponents, like America’s Shepard Fairey, Brazil’s Eduardo Kobra, South Africa’s Faith47, and the mysterious Londoner known as Banksy, are today highly prized by art collectors, galleries and museums. It’s a beautiful and energetic world, fraught with danger. For even as Miami celebrates this creative explosion, a local graffiti writer named Reefa is killed on the city’s streets by police cracking down on clandestine taggers. Streets of Wynwood transports the viewer into the nomadic culture of urban art to meet a diverse brigade of taggers, graffiti writers and muralists from all parts of the globe in a riot of color, spray cans, ladders and forklifts, and to appreciate Miami’s unique place at the heart of the street art craze.