Murals in Oklahoma City: Aiukli in Western Avenue

The Best Murals in Oklahoma City and Where to Find Them

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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.

Murals in Oklahoma City: Will Rogers Airport Mural

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.

Murals in Oklahoma City: Google Mural in the Plaza District

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.

Plaza Walls: Best Art in OKC

Murals in OKC
Murals in OKC
Murals in OKC

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.

Best Street Art in Oklahoma City

Greetings from OKC Mural
Greetings from OKC Mural

Create Here Plaza Walls Mural

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.

Thunder Mural in Oklahoma City

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 Mural
Greetings from OKC Mural

Greetings from OKC, artist: Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs

301 NW 10th St. (across from Bleu Garten)

Buffalo Mural in Oklahoma City

Buffalo mural, artist: unknown

301 NW 10th St. (on the exterior wall at Bleu Garten)

Murals in Oklahoma City: All You Need is Waffles

“All you need is love and waffles,” artist: unknown

1212 N Walker Ave. (side of Waffle Champion)

Murals in Oklahoma City: The Flaming Lips' Womb

The Womb, artist: Maya Hayuk

25 NW 9th St.(next to Blue Iguana)

OKC Murals: Art in Automobile Alley
OKC Murals: Art in Automobile Alley
OKC Murals: Art in Automobile Alley

The Braid, artists: Kris Kanaly, Dylan Bradway, Yatika Starr Fields

south side of NE 9th St. (across from Blue Iguana)

Plaza District

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.

OKC Murals: Goro Ramen in the Plaza District

Gorō Ramen, artist: Juuri

1634 N Blackwelder Ave. #102 (inside patio)

Plaza Walls: Best Art in OKC

Plaza Walls: Best Art in OKC
Plaza Walls: Best Art in OKC

Plaza Walls in Oklahoma City

Plaza Walls: Best Art in OKC
Plaza Walls: Best Art in OKC

Best Street Art in Oklahoma City

Plaza Walls in Oklahoma City

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.

Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City

Roam, artist: Chaney Shores

520 NW 23rd St. (wall of Studio 7 Dance)

Bricktown

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 in OKC
Bricktown Okctopus in OKC

Bricktown Okctopus, artist: Jack Fowler

429 E. California Ave. (behind the Chevy Events Center)

Kris Kanaly underpass in OKC's Bricktown

Kris Kanaly underpass in OKC
Kris Kanaly underpass in OKC
Kris Kanaly underpass in OKC

Abstract Passages, artist: Kris Kanaly

2 E. Main St. (under the Main Street railroad bridge)

Western Avenue

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.

Aiukli Mural in Oklahoma City

Fortune Favors The Brave, artist: Julie “Juuri” Robertson

4416 N. Western Ave. (wall of Ketch Design Centre)

Murals in Oklahoma City: Ketch Design Centre, Western Avenue

Murals in Oklahoma City: Ketch Design Centre, Western Avenue
Murals in Oklahoma City: Ketch Design Centre, Western Avenue

The Nature of Things, artists: Kris Kanaly, Dustin Gilpin, Jerrod Smith

4416 N. Western Ave. (wall of Ketch Design Centre)

Red Tail Hawk Mural, by Jason Pawley

Red Tail Hawk, artist: Jason Pawley

4200 N. Western Ave. (wall of VZD’s Restaurant and Bar)

Aiukli Mural in Oklahoma City

Aiukli Mural in Oklahoma City
Aiukli Mural in Oklahoma City

Aiukli, artists: Erin Cooper, Amanda Bradway, Lauren Miller

3704 N Western Ave. (on the side of Mural K & N Interior Consignment)

Murals in Oklahoma City: Ketch Design Centre, Western Avenue
Murals in Oklahoma City: Ketch Design Centre, Western Avenue

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!

Best Street Art in Oklahoma City

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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.

 

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The Best Murals in Oklahoma City
The Best Murals in Oklahoma City
The Best Murals in Oklahoma City
COMMENTS
  • June 26, 2018

    Wow, I had NO idea that OKC had so much great art! I’ve only been there once, and it was really only passing through on a road trip 7 years ago. This is definitely inspiring me to go back and explore the city properly!

    • June 27, 2018

      Come along Amanda! If you want to hear some music while visiting, please check my schedule or give me a shout! If I’m not formally performing somewhere, maybe a cafe serenade would be in order for a visitor to our Fine city!

    • June 29, 2018

      We have similar travel styles, I think, and you would definitely love it there! Funny enough, my first “visit” was also just passing through exactly seven years ago when we moved from California to Tennessee and stopped over in OKC for the night.

  • June 27, 2018

    All these murals are tremendous Kristin. The top one boggles my mind. I think; folks paint these things on big old walls. I have a tough time accepting that idea. I still draw in stick figures.

    • June 29, 2018

      I have a tough time figuring out how people can be so talented and wondering why I didn’t get the gift of painting 😉

  • June 27, 2018

    WOW! So many awesome ones! Thanks for doing all the footwork, now any visitor can just pick and choose what they want!

    • June 29, 2018

      It took us forever tracking some of these down without the help of a map, so I’m hoping some future mural chasers will find this handy! I still have a dozen or so to add on our next visit.

  • June 28, 2018
    Surprised

    Can’t believe you skipped 2 gigantic Native American murals in a very publicly open space, underneath the train bridge right by the Cox Convention center……

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/41+W+Sheridan+Ave,+Oklahoma+City,+OK+73107/@35.4665284,-97.5138221,18.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x87b2172636dbbb61:0xa42a3f334c870b0b!8m2!3d35.4664498!4d-97.5127644

    • June 29, 2018

      The Native American painting on the side of Exhibit C is on the map I made, but we couldn’t find it when roaming around (had to Google the location after the fact). That bridge was covered in scaffolding when we were visiting last fall and photographed a lot of these.

  • June 29, 2018

    Wooow. I’ll have to put Oklahoma one my bucket-list!

    • June 29, 2018

      It’s a very cool city—lots of surprises!

  • June 29, 2018
    Glen Elliott

    This makes the city come alive. Thank you for sharing the wonders of your city and for your obvious love and enthusiasm. OKC is lucky.

    • July 5, 2018

      Thank you for the kind words, Glen! We really do love it there.

  • July 5, 2018

    Such beautiful and colourful murals! Reason enough to visit Oklahoma City for sure! I was sad when I didn’t get around to visit the district in Lima with all its murals. Nothing beats a day of mural spotting when travelling around a city.

    • July 5, 2018

      And here I didn’t even know Lima was known for its murals! I’ve been wanting to go to Sao Paulo, however, for the same reason.

  • July 7, 2018

    Fun! Long Beach has an annual summer mural art initiative with POW WOW. Next time you’re out in Cali you should check it out. http://www.powwowlongbeach.com/ You’d love it 🙂

    • July 26, 2018

      Let’s go next year together!

  • July 19, 2018

    What a fantastic guide! We’ll be in OKC in a minute…going to try to find as many of these as we can. Thanks for all the leg and lens work!

    • July 20, 2018

      You are most welcome! Hope you have a blast!

      • September 14, 2018

        Hey guys – We didn’t get a chance to chase murals while there, so we want to link to you guys from a post on art in OKC. Hope you don’t mind!

        • September 15, 2018

          Yes, of course! Appreciate it!

  • September 8, 2018
    Lyndsy

    You should check out the Underground in OKC. It’s not murals but it’s a really neat photo op and just a cool experience. It gets hot in the summer so beware of that.

    http://downtownokc.com/underground/

    • September 10, 2018

      This looks awesome, Lyndsy! We’ll be back in December and will definitely check it out. Thank you!

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