Sporting KC Mural

This mural commemorating Sporting KC’s two MLS cup championships (2000, 2013) and four US Open Cup championships (2004, 2012, 2015, 2017) is on the North side of the Globe Storage and Transfer Co building.

Close examination reveals a bonus… a ghost sign (faded painted advertising) partially covered up by the Sporting mural running vertical along the Northeast corner of the building… the word “STORAGE” can be faintly seen.

Located at 1712 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri, The Globe Building was designed by Kansas City architect James Oliver Hogg and constructed by James T. Patterson in 1902. Below is an image from 1940 showing the painted sign on the South side of the building

Here is a link to a Google Tour of this 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 photo or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/7A3CMwR2RYt

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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!

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

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Phoenix Jazz Club mural

This mural, is located on the East side of the iconic Phoenix Jazz Club, at 8th and Central in KCMO. The building was originally the Phoenix Hotel (and brothel) dating back to 1888.

On the first floor there was a speak-easy type saloon owned and operated by bartender Frank Valerius, (zoom in on the 360° pic below to see the stained glass above door) and on the second floor was a “hotel” owned by Mrs. Linna Laws.

Currently The Phoenix is a great neighborhood bar, restaurant and tourist destination… the Phoenix hosts live music 6 days a week.

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.

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

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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

Taps on Main street art

Located just South of the Power and Light District, and on the Northern edge of the Crossroads Arts District, this mural of cyborg beer drinkers is on the North side of the Taps on Main craft beer pub at 1715 Main Street. Notice several other examples of street art/ advertising in this picture – The Tom’s Town – The People are Thirsty sign directly behind you (North), and the Sporting KC mural just to the West. The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and the Bartle Hall Sky Stations sculptures can be seen to the West.

Below is a 360° “tour” of this mural… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right.

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 Image or this link to take the tour  ...  https://poly.google.com/view/avAo5e5QZux
Click on Image or this link to take the tour … https://poly.google.com/view/dC6bwWQqpxD

Power and Light District mural

The nine block Power and Light District in Kansas City was opened in 2008 and has given a significant impetus to the revitalization of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. In 2007, Alexander Austin received a commission to paint a mural covering 18,000 square feet, transforming a two block stretch of blank wall into a panorama in Kansas City’s Power & Light District. This mural, which depicts aspects of Kansas City Jazz history is located on the south sides of the buildings between Main and Walnut which run North/ South, and Truman road and 14th street which run East/ West. If you scroll and look East, you can see an additional mural (Satchel Paige) on the Two Light Building. If you scroll and look West, you can see the iconic Power and Light Building, from which the district gets its name.

Below is a 360 “tour” of this mural… clicking on the arrows allows you to move left and right.

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

Click on the Photo to access Google Tour
Clcik on photo or this link to access Google Tour https://poly.google.com/view/dC6bwWQqpxD