“Here Comes the Neighborhood” Public Art Revitalization
Here Comes the Neighborhood is a series of short videos exploring the power of public art and innovation to uplift and revitalize urban communities. The pilot season revolves around the Arts District of Wynwood, Miami, featuring an array of internationally acclaimed and locally respected street artists, graffiti writers and muralists.
In 2009, urban visionary and placemaker Tony Goldman partnered with Jeffrey Deitch (Deitch Projects Soho and now director of MoCa Los Angeles) to create the Wynwood Walls. What began with a series of parking lots, loading docks, and drab rundown factory buildings became a curated set of high-caliber murals from artists Futura, Shepard Fairey, OS Gemeos, Kenny Scharf and others. The Walls opened for Art Basel 2009, and now, two years later, the collection has expanded to include over 30 artists from around the world, becoming a “Town Center” in a district that has grown into one of the largest concentrations of commissioned murals in the world.
Here Comes The Neighborhood explores a unique juncture in history as a new community emerges and evolves. A progressive urban revitalization campaign is examined in the first person, using artists and their murals as a lens to explore a neighborhood in transition. Each episode is accented by images from legendary documentary photographer Martha Cooper, who has been capturing The Walls since they began in 2009.
There are currently eight videos in the series, which can be viewed at Vimeo.
For more information on the artists and history of the Wynwood Walls, visit thewynwoodwalls.com.
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