It’s no big secret that we’ve been invested in street art for a while now, so much so that it’s bled into SVV’s and my personal life as we launched a mural movement in our own hometown. Murals can help shape the identity of a place, drive tourism, assist in economic development and convince others to invest in their city—and within moments of arriving in a new place, I can immediately distill its vibe based on its walls alone. Lucky for us, when we first arrived in Oklahoma City last fall, it was immediately evident that OKC’s mural scene is absolutely exploding.
In fact, from the moment you get to the baggage claim, this wall at Will Rogers Airport sets the tone for OKC’s artsy vibe and is an indicator that there’s a lot of color in your immediate future.
Like many big cities’ art scene, you really need a car to best explore Oklahoma City’s mural landscape. Many of the best walls are clustered on the outskirts of downtown along Western Avenue, but it’s a long street and it would take you days to try to walk from point to point in your mural-chasing endeavors.
On our second visit to OKC last week, SVV and I tried our hardest to hunt down all the art we could find, mostly by use of Lyft. This method is definitely doable, but I’d recommend a car if you also want to hit up all the murals located north of the Paseo Arts District.
The problem we found was locating addresses for each of the murals we were trying to track down, so we did the hard journalistic work for you and tagged each one to its exact location. We even made a Google Map for you to reference on your next visit to OKC. (You can thank us later.)
Downtown + Film Row
On this visit, we based ourselves out of the 21c Museum Hotel OKC—what better base for exploring art than staying in a museum, right?—and loved that we were walking distance from so many of the art museums. The only downtown mural that we located, however, was this basketball star.
Steven Adams, artist: Graham Hoete
701 W. Sheridan Ave. (side of the Paramount Building)
Midtown + Automobile Alley
Midtown encompasses a large area, and several murals and pieces of art exist along the NW 9th and 10th street corridors on the border of Automobile Alley. They’re sandwiched between countless tasty restaurants, so I recommend doing your own walking food-and-art tour, with some stops at neighborhood breweries like Prairie Artisan Ales along the way.
Greetings from OKC, artist: Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs
301 NW 10th St. (across from Bleu Garten)
Buffalo mural, artist: unknown
301 NW 10th St. (on the exterior wall at Bleu Garten)
“All you need is love and waffles,” artist: unknown
1212 N Walker Ave. (side of Waffle Champion)
The Womb, artist: Maya Hayuk
25 NW 9th St.(next to Blue Iguana)
The Braid, artists: Kris Kanaly, Dylan Bradway, Yatika Starr Fields
south side of NE 9th St. (across from Blue Iguana)
The Plaza District is, no doubt, the place to go for art in Oklahoma City. Only have one day and want to make the best use of your time? Head straight to the Plaza District. The Plaza Walls are ever-changing and, thus, you’ll likely not see the same pieces of art twice from visit to visit.
Gorō Ramen, artist: Juuri
1634 N Blackwelder Ave. #102 (inside patio)
Plaza Walls, artists: various
along NW 16th Street, N. Indiana Avenue and N. Gatewood Avenue
Paseo + Uptown 23rd District
The Paseo and adjacent Uptown 23rd District is one of my favorite areas, and not just because it boasts local favorites like Tucker’s Onion Burgers and Cheever’s Cafe. I just love the buildings, the patios and the overall vibe of this uptown neighborhood.
Roam, artist: Chaney Shores
520 NW 23rd St. (wall of Studio 7 Dance)
While Bricktown is the tourist area of OKC and generally “tourist area” and innovative art do not necessarily jive, the neighborhood has embraced the use of bold, splashy art to give visitors and residents both a reason to come down to the area surrounding its ball park. We only had time to photography the famed octopus and the underpass beneath the railroad bridge, but there are other hidden treasures throughout Bricktown, such as a trio of small gnomes we spied hiding at the bottom of telephone poles.
Bricktown Okctopus, artist: Jack Fowler
429 E. California Ave. (behind the Chevy Events Center)
Abstract Passages, artist: Kris Kanaly
2 E. Main St. (under the Main Street railroad bridge)
Western Avenue runs vertically all the way through Oklahoma City, and many of the murals we found were up north of the downtown in the 3000 and 4000 blocks near the 38th Street Preservation neighborhood.
Fortune Favors The Brave, artist: Julie “Juuri” Robertson
4416 N. Western Ave. (wall of Ketch Design Centre)
The Nature of Things, artists: Kris Kanaly, Dustin Gilpin, Jerrod Smith
4416 N. Western Ave. (wall of Ketch Design Centre)
Red Tail Hawk, artist: Jason Pawley
4200 N. Western Ave. (wall of VZD’s Restaurant and Bar)
Aiukli, artists: Erin Cooper, Amanda Bradway, Lauren Miller
3704 N Western Ave. (on the side of Mural K & N Interior Consignment)
Alegría, artists: Tree And Leaf Clothing Inc.
3325 N Classen Blvd. (on the side of Cafe Kacao)
We’ll be back in Oklahoma City later this year, so I’ll continue to add to this post as we track more murals down. Drop any tips in the comments of ones you want us to check out on our next visit!
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Our trip to Oklahoma is part of a long-term partnership with Visit OKC surrounding the new convention center. All opinions are our own.