A Guide to Boulder’s Murals
Mural, mural on the wall, who’s the brightest of them all? Boulder has several public arts programs that have invested in more than 90 colorful murals over the last two years, and they're found all over town. From the annual Street Wise mural festival to the Creative Neighborhoods project, the city is turning blank walls around town into canvases for an inspired selection of local artists. With Boulder being the fifth most vibrant arts community among medium-sized U.S. cities, there are plenty to choose from.
How to Enjoy Boulder's Murals
For a great fall or winter activity, grab a Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse signature hot chai, a Piece, Love and Chocolate hot sipping chocolate or one of OZO Coffee's 21 flavored mochas and taking a self-guided tour of Boulder's murals. Street art, by its nature, often takes place in alleyways and off the beaten path, so be ready for a behind-the-scenes urban adventure.
Here are several mural and street art projects to check out in Boulder:
Guided Mural Tour by Bike
Boulder's seen such an explosion of murals, that a new tour company has launched to take you on a bike tour of some of the best. JD's Joyrides' Wall To Wall Boulder eBike Mural Tour takes you to dozens of Boulder murals and on an electric Rad Power Bike. The leisurely three-hour tour covers more than 20 miles (e-bikes make it easy!) and takes you to many of Boulder's essential sights, such as Pearl Street, Chautauqua and NCAR.
Street Wise Boulder: 53 Vibrant Murals
Street Wise Boulder launched in 2019 and installed 15 new murals around Boulder. In 2020, 39 artists painted murals all over the city, each within the theme of "ARTivism." These murals are superb and a great place to start your own self-guided mural tour of Boulder.
Above: Several Street Wise murals on the former Liquor Mart building.
2020 Street Wise Murals
2019 Street Wise Murals
Here's a taste of what you'll find among the 53 colorful Street Wise murals all over Boulder. Each of the new 2020 murals has a scannable QR code beside the work, which will open a webpage with more information about the piece. Some of them even have an audio discussion to listen to on your smartphone.
'Sandra Bland' by Spray Their Name
Spray Their Name is a collaboration among Detour 303 and Hiero Viega with Just Inspire and CYA The Creator.
Location: Dairy Arts Center
Gabriel Sanchez's Mural
Location: Behind the Boulder Theater
Ashley Joon's Mural
Location: 1909 9th St.
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'Shadow' by Johnny Draco
Location: 2055 26th St.
Armando Silva's Mural
Location: Boulder Chamber Center
'Water Is Life' by Lindee Zimmer
Location: Boulder Creative Collective
'Uncounted' by Lmnopi
Location: Dairy Arts Center
'Survival' by Patrick Maxcy
Location: Twenty Ninth Street
Pat Milbery and Lowkey Creative's Mural
Location: Sports Garage
Edica Pacha's Mural
Location: Moorehead and 27th-ish
You'll also see a mural by ozjuah above Edica Pacha's work, shown below.
'Defend the Defenseless' by Max Coleman
Location: 2030 17th Street
'The eyes of all future generations are upon you' by Chelsea Lewinski, Julia Williams and Grow Love
Location: 3550 Frontier Ave.
Downtown Boulder's Alley Gallery Project
Oft-neglected back-alley doors are the perfect opportunity to spur new inspiration. That's the theory behind Boulder's Alley Gallery project. A handful of alley doors have already been transformed into imaginative works by local artists, and more than 200 doors are being eyed for this ongoing project. Below is an example at the St Julien Hotel & Spa.
More Notable Murals
Check out these other famous and buzzed-about murals.
Boulder's "Stranger Things" Mural
This mural by Timoghini, located just off 28th Street south of Arapaho Ave., has been making quite a buzz for its nod to the "Stranger Things" TV show. (Side note of interest to "Stranger Things" fans: Fiske Planetarium in Boulder has a Stranger Things laser show.)
Portrait at Pearl Street and Foothills Parkway by Detour 303
This large-scale mural has been at Spruce and Broadway for decades and depicts a diverse group of runners with the Flatirons in the background — a tribute to the spirit of Frank Shorter, a Boulder Olympian who helped spur the running boom in the 70s and contributed to Boulder's reputation as a famously active community.
Public Art Walking Tour
See murals and more on Boulder's downtown public art walking tour. You'll cruise down Pearl Street, taking in murals, sculptures and more on this leisurely, hour-or-so-long stroll through vibrant downtown.
Outdoor Dining Murals
Many of Boulder's restaurants have expanded onto the street for fresh-air dining during the pandemic. The city has commissioned artists to help beautify the enclosures of these pop-up dining areas. Look for them on West Pearl Street and around town.
Spot Your Own
More and more murals and street art are popping up around Boulder as the town's artistic ambitions grow. Keep an eye out and you're sure to find more inspiration. Snap a photo and tag @VisitBoulder to share.