Black Label Cycles street art

As I have mentioned before, probably the largest concentration of “street art” in Kansas City is located in the Crossroads district and the biggest concentration of ghost signs (literally on just about every building) is in the West Bottoms district of our city… but, as I pointed out in my post about the Borden Dairy ghost sign, and what this piece highlights, there are some great examples of all types of artwork throughout KCMO!

This multi panel example of street art is located on the North and East, and West sides of the Black Label Cycles building on the corner of 9th and Mulberry streets in the West Bottoms district in Kansas City, MO.

Below is a 360° “tour” (seven separate 360° pictures) of this mural and area… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right. Use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

Here is a link to a Google Tour of the mural with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on picture or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/6hjsNAH3gJu

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RM West street art

This is a big week for Street Art in Kansas City … we are about to get a lot more colorful, as dozens of artists are set to add more than 40 new murals to our city starting Sunday. The third annual SpraySeeMO mural festival bills itself as the “largest ever” painting exhibition, where the public can watch artists coat the walls of downtown buildings with creative imagery in real time.

This multi panel example of street art is located on the North and West sides of the RM West apartment complex on 3rd and Broadway in the River Market district in Kansas City, MO.

Below is a 360° “tour” (six separate 360° pictures) of this mural and area… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right. Use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

Here is a link to a Google Tour of the mural with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click photo or link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/3-J4LIfJb3W

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Foxx Equipment Company street art

Southwest Boulevard, or as locals say “The Boulevard” originated as two roads, one being the main street of Rosedale, Kansas, when it was platted in 1872 as “Kansas City Avenue”, and the second called “The Rosedale Road”, or “Kansas City Boulevard”, on the Missouri side. Two property owners provided land to link the two roads in 1887, and the entire road was later renamed as “Southwest Boulevard”.

The Boulevard, and the “West Side” have a great selection of authentic Mexican restaurants and grocery stores, street art, and ghost signs. The example of street art is located on the North side of the Foxx Equipment Company building at 421 Southwest Boulevard and is an homage to all things Kansas City.

A close examination of this artwork will find the artist’s representation of virtually everything Kansas City is… or has been… knows for. See if you can find the following in this artwork: Liberty Memorial, Nelson Adkins Museum, KU Jayhawks, Sporting KC, Plaza Lights, Charlie Parker, Bluebird, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Chiefs, Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri River, Union Station, KC Skyline, Westport Covered Wagon, Lucille Bluford, The Scout, Mizzou Tigers, Harry S. Truman, Kauffman Center, Western Auto Sign, Wheat, Primativo Garcia, Buck O’Neil Bridge, Thomas Pendergast, Royals, BBQ, The Hereford Bull Statue.

Below is a 360° Google Street view of this mural and area… use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

Southwest Boulevard passes through the Crossroads Arts District and the West Side Neighborhood in Missouri. It is the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company which was founded in 1989 and is now one of the largest craft breweries in the USA, with a capacity of over 600,000 barrels per year.

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Hutch Modern street art

As I have mentioned before, the best place to see the highest concentration of street art in Kansas City is in the Crossroads Art District… especially East Crossroads. But, contrary to popular opinion, the best time to see this street art is NOT during First Friday celebration, and NOT by car… First Fridays are too frenetic, and viewing by car will not get you into the alleys and other places many of the pieces are hiding.

Walking is the best way… and here is a map with some of the art, ghost signs, and murals I have previously written about.

The different colored hearts on the map indicate the region of KC they are located in… Red for Downtown, Blue for River Market, Purple for Crossroads, etc. On the full map you can toggle what sites you want to see… Murals, Street Art, Ghost Signs … any or all.

This example of Street Art is located on the East side (in the alley behind) the Hutch store building at 1735 Locust Street, in the Crossroads Art District in Kansas City, Missouri.

Here is a link to a Google Tour of this street art with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on link or picture to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/1taxQslyi7h

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Fantasia Mickey street art

This street art mural is located on the South side of the Parlor building at 1707 Locust in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri. The two-story, 18,000-square foot red brick building was developed by RedWether Collaborative, a partnership between Atlanta-based chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie’s Red Beard Restaurants and Meriwether Companies, a hospitality and resort development company out of Boulder, Colorado.

This three level space holds seven restaurants and two bars… several unique spots to soak up the atmosphere: a lounge, library, den, 2nd story garden patio, and an event space for any and all of your social needs…. and Parlor’s piece de resistance, two incredible bars featuring craft beer and house created artisanal cocktails.

Here is a link to a Google Tour of this piece with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art, architecture and history of the surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click Picture of Link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/75Fs7_H2X_T

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Dance Fit Flow street art

If you are interested in Street Art, the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City is where you need to explore. Examples can be seen on every street corner… some prominent and easy to find, others tucked into a secluded off grid alley. And it is constantly changing!

This example is on the South side of the building (Dance, Fit, Flow) at 1700 Locust Street, in the Crossroads Arts District of KCMO.

Two things that struck me regarding this work… 1) The sheer size of the mural… I took five 360° photos to adequately capture the artwork… and 2) I love how the artist integrated the drain spout into the mural.

Below is a 360° “tour” (5 separate 360° pictures) of this mural… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right. Use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

Although there is nothing remarkable or distinguishing about the architecture of this building (or surrounding buildings) the really interesting thing about this art is the area… the Crossroads Arts District. And here is a link to a Google Tour of the Mural with “Points of Interest” that provide more information about the art and surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on pic or link to take tour - https://poly.google.com/view/0asY7m-LXd1
Click on pic or link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/0asY7m-LXd1

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Create Your Own Racket street art

This block-long sample of street art can be found on the North side of the Justrite Rubber Stamp and Seal building, located at 1701 Locust St, Kansas City, MO. The building itself has little historical significance (as far as I can tell) but the location is important. It is located in the Crossroads Arts District, home to over 400 local artists and 100 independent studios, and is within walking distance of MANY great examples of street art. In this picture alone (look up, look down, look all around!) you will see 5-6 examples of interesting KC street art.

Below is a 360° “tour” (4 separate 360° pictures) of this mural… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right. Use your mouse to look up, look down, look all around… and zoom in or out.

And here is a link to a Google Tour of the Mural with “Points of Interest” that link to more information about the art and surrounding area. Click on the photo to take the tour… or just click the link below!

Click on pic or this link to take the tour … https://poly.google.com/view/e9MiGuunmC9