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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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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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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John’s Big Deck mural

This quirky large mural is on the North side of John’s Big Deck, located at 928 Wyandotte, KCMO. This building was constructed over one hundred years ago, and has been a restaurant/ bar for over sixty years. It was part of the historic Graphic Arts Building complex on Wyandotte. In 1980 it became John’s and in 1983 the rooftop bar was completed, which provides a great vantage point to appreciate the area’s unique architecture.

The quirky aspect of the artwork is that, upon closer inspection, the mural is a giant ad-smashup of Tito’s Vodka and Kansas City iconic landmarks… notice the Tito’s handmade vodka sign on a building, the train Kansas City to Austin (the home of Tito’s) and the giant Tito’s bottle… interspersed with KC landmarks – the Bond Bridge, The Scout statue, Western Auto sign (kind of – they replaced Western Auto with KC) and the Hereford Association Bull statue.

Below is a 360° “tour” (three 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/8kQv7zEp_BI

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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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Buck O’Neil mural

Built in 1914 , this YMCA at 19th and Paseo was the first civic center in KC built to serve African Americans. However, the building’s most significant historic value lies in the year 1920. That was the year eight independent black negro baseball team owners met over lunch in this very spot. They formed the Negro National League and later the Negro Leagues.

Just a short walk down from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the space was just recently converted into the Buck O’Neil Education & Research Center, the latest addition to the museum.

The mural, on the South side of the historic Paseo YMCA building, was created by Alexander Austin in 2011.

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 photo or this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/79qfU_Qn4KL

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