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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Town of Kansas mural

This mural is on the West side of the Mid-America Merchandising building at 3rd and Wyandotte (early home of the Miller-Cooper Ink Co.), a little off the beaten path in the River Market district in KCMO. The mural was commissioned in 2000 and painted by Alisha Gambino, Joe Faus and Jesus Ortiz… the same artists who painted the Lewis and Clark mural at 5th and Wyandotte!

The mural depicts a river scene at the Town of Kansas which was incorporated in 1850. The state of Missouri then incorporated the area as the City of Kansas in 1853 and renamed it Kansas City in 1889. This scene also shows the Steamboat Arabia, which sunk in the Missouri River in 1856, and was uncovered in 1988. The artifacts are housed in the Arabia Steamboat Museum in the River Market district of KCMO.

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 picture of this link to take tour – https://poly.google.com/view/5-5VDGQQHoi

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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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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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Lewis and Clark mural

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned an expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, to to explore and map the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase and to find a practical route to the West Coast. To celebrate the bicentennial of the expedition this mural was commissioned in 2004 and is on the West side of the River Market Antiques building at 5th and Wyandotte, in the River Market District in Kansas City, MO.

This mural, painted by Alisha Gambino, Joe Faus and Jesus Ortiz is HUGE… nearly five stories high and spanning nearly a block. It depicts Lewis and Clark, various members of their party, Sacagawea, her son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (born during the expedition), a pirogue (main type of boat they used on the river), and Seaman, Lewis’ Newfoundland dog, on the bank of the Missouri River.

Below is a 360° “tour” (six 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, 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/bsI3aGWK8wk

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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
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Welcome to KC360

A popular saying in my hometown is “I love you as much as Kansas Citians love Kansas City” My hope is that this site helps demonstrate the root of our love of City. I will take you on a tour of Kansas City highlighting Iconic and Historic Street Art (both commissioned and actual street/ graffiti art works), Architecture, and Advertising (Ghost Signs) through the medium of 360° photography and video.

Why 360° you might ask?

The 360° photographs allow you, the viewer, to zoom in to examine details, as well as to “back up and look around” to get a better awareness of the location of the photo and a sense of the scale, history and architecture of the area.

In addition to each new post I will be building a walking tour so you can navigate to each location.

So scroll down and look around…

Enjoy!