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    Mural Hunting in Boulder

    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.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    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. 

    Liquor Mart Murals Street Wise 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
    Family-Friendly ✔️

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Gabriel Sanchez's Mural

    Location: Behind the Boulder Theater

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Ashley Joon's Mural

    Location: 1909 9th St.
    Family Friendly ✔️

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    'Shadow' by Johnny Draco

    Location: 2055 26th St.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Armando Silva's Mural 

    Location: Boulder Chamber Center

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    'Water Is Life' by Lindee Zimmer

    Location: Boulder Creative Collective

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    'Uncounted' by Lmnopi

    Location: Dairy Arts Center

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    'Survival' by Patrick Maxcy

    Location: Twenty Ninth Street

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Pat Milbery and Lowkey Creative's Mural

    Location: Sports Garage

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Edica Pacha's Mural

    Location: Moorehead and 27th-ish
    You'll also see a mural by ozjuah above Edica Pacha's work, shown below.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    'Defend the Defenseless' by Max Coleman

    Location: 2030 17th Street

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    'The eyes of all future generations are upon you' by Chelsea Lewinski, Julia Williams and Grow Love

    Location: 3550 Frontier Ave.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    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.) 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Portrait at Pearl Street and Foothills Parkway by Detour 303
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Runners' Mural

    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

    Running Mural

    SMiLE's Hidden Street Art

    Street artist SMiLE's elaborately stenciled cats, historical figures and other portraits can be spotted all over Boulder, beautifying electrical boxes, garbage bins and old phone booths. Keep an eye out, particularly in the Hill neighborhood and the blocks surrounding Pearl Street. SMiLE shared with us how he'd spend his perfect day in Boulder.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    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.

    Migration Mural

    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.

    Dining Fencing Murals

    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. 

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