Perhaps it’s because we identify with a passion for making art publicly accessible, or that C-O-L-O-R just speaks to our souls. Regardless of the reasons, we simply adore street art. I set out on a quest to find the best murals in Tampa on a day trip from Orlando. These street art spots in Tampa Bay will absolutely inspire and delight you. They are free for all to see and enjoy.
I’ve done my best to credit the artist where I’ve been able to find out who created the street art or mural since credit is important to me! Also note the title I’ve given the murals are not necessarily their official names. Be sure to check out the map locater I custom created in Google My Map at the end of the post as well. Also, please note murals are continuously being commissioned so if you arrive to one of these suggested spots and there’s another painting over it simply go with the flow and enjoy the new art!
1. Curious Child at Glazer Children’s Museum
This immediately caught my eye. What may be a stark white, angular building comes to life with orange, yellow, teal and black paint on the side of the museum. This Tampa mural is located downtown near the prettiest area of the city’s Riverwalk, a lovely area to explore any time of the year. It is actually part of a bigger mural by Bask (Leon Bedore) and Tes One that continues into #2 on our list.
2. Stay Curious
Just across the mural above is one of the most awesome wall murals in Tampa, with huge painted letters. It reads, “Stay Curious” along a wall that runs adjacent to city train tracks thanks to artists Bask (Leon Bedore) and Tes One. Please do NOT jump the fence to get close to the wall – the fence is there for safety! But do venture under the parking garage to see this beautiful “graffiti”, safely on the sidewalk.
See the work in progress, from when it was being created, on Tes One’s Instagram account:
TOMORROW: Excited to discuss the power of public art along with Hillsborough Arts Council Director, Martine Collier and Tampa Art Programs Manager, Robin Nigh. Join us for an important conversation on creativity in the city! 🎨 more info: tampasdowntown.com . . #tesone #tampa #tampabay #shineonstpete #publicart #murals
3. All For Love “Parking Lot Painting”
This hodgepodge mural contains a little of a lot! This Tampa parking lot painting contains a rooster, of course, paired with alligators (a nod to the area’s history and wildlife) in front of a cheering crowd, Sea Grape shrub leaves (popular plants near southern coastal communities), keys, dominos and Orange Blossoms (the state flower). It’s palette of coral, blue, red and grey tones pops against the asphalt parking lot. The three-story Tampa mural a collaboration between artists Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol.
Note the “City of Tampa” postcard mural is across the street from this one.
4. Tampa Heights
This is one of the grungier wall murals in Tampa (and I mean that in the best way possible). It’s seemingly simple but upon a deeper, second look it reveals something about the history of the area. For instance, “est 1889” is seen in the painted letters on the grey background and Florida’s state flower (the Orange Blossom) is repeated in it as well. Michelle Sawyer once again knocked it out of the park on this piece! wall murals tampa
Tampa Heights is very supportive of street art and have many programs supporting it on a regular basis. For more check out their Instagram account, @heightswalls.
5. Bird, Bird, Bird…Mural Tampa
Just around the corner from the mural above is a wall of beautiful birds. This mural in Tampa was created by Michelle Sawyer as well. I love that she favored simplicity in her color palette, sticking to two colors: blue and pink (with various shades of both to create outlines and some shading). The black background gives this statement piece an even bigger pop!
I got the title for this one from Michelle’s Instagram account photo, seen below. She is available for all kinds of commissions so definitely check out her site!
6. Rad Cats!
Cats aren’t my “thing,” but I have to say any cat mural like this is one I fully endorse! And this cat wall mural is also one of the raddest murals in Tampa. It was created by Cory Robinson whose playful creations strike the perfect tone between cute and cool.
Check out the many cat sketches he showcases in his notebook on his Instagram account, @mrcoryrobinson:
7. Bad Romance Tampa Mural
“You think you really know me?” the woman asks the handsome man before she kisses him. To the right of Sawyer’s Bird, Bird, Bird… is this bad romance mural by artist Charles Gallagher. He’s also known as @scumrag on Instagram.
8. Woman with the Wind Tampa Wall Art
This incredible Tampa wall art mural by Bekky Beukes is on top of the historic Rialto theater in The Heights of Tampa Bay. This “South African lost in Florida”, as her Instagram account states, is an incredibly talented artist. I love the way she intertwines shapes with human forms and animal representations. This Bohemian woman has been watching over the city since the mural’s completion in October 2016. I like to think her hair is blowing in the wind, carefree, as she smiles at passersby.
The view from below is beautiful but I’m certain the view from above is phenomenal:
Those summer days, stained in hues of greens and blues and sunsets…Flesh burnt sienna moments, sweat, blood and tears. Heart strings play to the sound of summer days like those… … Photo wizard: @shadow1188 Heartplace: Rialto Theatre Special humans: @8counttampa … #mural #summerdays #tampa #stpete #lax #nyc #muralist #muralart #streetart #throwpaint #art #artist #wallart #play #burn #dothething
Check out this incredible video of its creation, filmed and edited by Austin McCurry:
9. Feminine Stare
This mural in Tampa stared at me as I drove by her. I knew I had to get closer to her; I easily found her, the backdrop of a small parking area, as I walked around the block after parking my car. The grayscale portrait is incredibly impactful against a lavender and light blue sky with energetic clouds. Thank you to a reader for informing me it’s officially “Untitled,” by Tara Zanzig.
10. Sideways Swirl
I love how artist Sebastian Coolidge works pieces of drawings together to make a collective mural. I’m SUPER excited to have identified a mural in Orlando, Florida I have as his as well, which gives me an even better first-hand idea of his range of work. Check out more of his amazing murals on his Instagram account, @sebastiancoolidge.
11. The Incomparable, Lady Gaga Mural
Thank you to Cam Parker, the artist behind this incredible portrait mural of the one, the only – Lady Gaga!!! (Find Cam Parker on Instagram here. He invested over 100 hours of dedicated time to complete the piece, ensuring it was perfect!) This mural radiates confidence and happiness with its yellow, blue and purple palette. I also love the small, accidental detail of the tiny reflection the stream of water falling down the sidewalk creates.
Watch Cam in action:
— painkillercam (art) (@painkillercamm) November 8, 2017
And the incredible dance team at VYB Dance Company at who choreographed, performed and recorded an incredible routine in front of Cam Parker’s mural:
12. Punch of Passion Tampa “Graffiti”
This mural boasts, “Do Good, Feel Good, Be Good” and you can’t help but feel that sentiment when you view it on this street in the Sunshine State. Eric Hornsby created this colorful piece, with a tad of classic Tampa graffiti, which yearns for a game of “I Spy” to me! I spy….a papaya, an Astro Ice Pop, and a pencil piercing a spray can! What do you see?
Check out the video in the last slide of his collage post on his Instagram account, @artist_esh, below:
Make your passion your imperative and achieve your destiny. Just wrapped up with this vivid mural in Tampa heights on the Robertson’s billiard and spa supplies building. Which is also where I’m putting together a mini mural fest for late April early may. A lot more details coming soon. But the ” Tampa bay fresh fest” is gona be the start of somthing major !#chainsaw #power #snake #serpent #painting #florida #jetkundo #dragonball #goku #exotic #egyptian #egypt #papia #bombpop #pencil #cherry #spraypaint #mtnhardcore #mtncolors #mtn #florida #floridastreetart #graffity #tampa #Orlando #atlanta #eat #m #thefuture #thepast #love
I cannot wait to go back to the city to explore the area more and find new murals in downtown Tampa and beyond!
**FOR A BONUS GOOGLE MAP WE’VE CREATED, showing exact Tampa mural locations, click HERE.**
For more in Florida check out:
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- How a Skeletons Museum Piqued My Curiosity
- Fun Things to Do in Wynwood, Miami in Addition to Seeing Murals
Know about an awesome area for street art? Tell us in the comments below!