In the Community + Hiding in Plain Sight: Must-See Murals, Rampart & St. Claude Corridor

We’ve scouted New Orleans to bring you a few must-see murals across the city. While scouting art, we wondered what the difference was between graffiti and street art. So, we asked New Orleans street artist, Jeremy Paten for his two cents.

“If I had to describe the two, I would say that graffiti rejects established standards, encourages experimentation, and draws from popular culture and advertising. Another difference can be found in authorial intent, intended audience, and form e.g. the artist’s “tag.” The intention behind a tag is the rebellious proliferation of the artist’s signature, akin to brand name advertising. Whereas street art is drawn with a pictorial focus rather than textual, and it is rebellious but not purposefully destructive as there is intent to beautify the urban environment.”

“Change” by Danae Brissonet

Location: Fairgrinds Coffee House, 2221 St. Claude Avenue

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As you walk into Fairgrinds St. Claude,  feast your eyes on “Change” created by Canadian artist Danae Brissonet.

“The Lotus Chair” by Laurel True of True Mosaics Studio and Lettering by Wooly the Mammoth + Henry Lipkis

Location: St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street

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Right next to KIPP Leadership Academy, relax and keep cool in the shade. Artist Laurel True creates public and architectural work as part of her global creative activism. Her mosaic work can be found in other public spaces in New Orleans and around the world. The pocket park also includes handlettering by Wooly the Mammoth featuring the logo for Chess Communite, a local organization that creates one-of-a-kind chess boards for community public spaces.

“2nd Line” by Henry Lipkis + Jessica Strahan + Ceaux and more

Location: St. Claude Avenue at Franklin Avenue

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Over a six-month period, Los Angeles native, Henry Lipkis alongside New Orleans artists Jessica Strahan and Ceaux created one of the city’s newest and largest murals. This mural celebrates the culture of second line parades and is presented by the Original Big Nine, Original C.T.C. Steppers, and Original Nine Times social aid and pleasure clubs. On Sundays these social aid and pleasure clubs second line by the mural site.

Check out the long awaited release of the documentary video produced by Camille Gac and narrated by Action Jackson. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at the muralists’ process and hear powerful words on the importance of Second Line culture in New Orleans.

“The best medicine in the world.. there’s two things that can make you survive, and that’s dance and laughter… and that’s what the second line’s about.”

Watch here: After Sunday – 2nd Line Mural Video Directed by Camille Lenain

“Paint by Number” by Saegan Swanson

Location: Marais Street at St. Ferdinand Street, One block off of St. Claude Avenue

Since 1988, October Build has renovated over 1,500 houses for low-income homeowners with a focus on the elderly, disabled, and veterans – for free! To mark the 30th anniversary of the October Build Saegan Swanson teamed up with the Preservation Resource Center and Rebuilding Together to complete a giant paint by number mural project on two sides of the PRC warehouse on Marais and St. Ferdinand.

The murals are composed of four single shotgun homes. The design for each home was based on a real home in the area and the three homes on St. Ferdinand have a Mardi Gras color scheme. The volunteers imparted some of their own artistic flair as they filled in the outlines!

“I’m Here For You” by Craig Cundiff

Location: N. Rampart Street at Elysian Fields Avenue (Next to Gene’s PoBoys)

“One of the things I think sets New Orleans apart from other cities is its hospitality. I wanted to create a piece that resonated with that feeling of someone helping someone else out.” – @craigcundiff

When “I’m Here for You” by Craig Cundiff appeared on the wall next to Gene’s PoBoys, a very busy stretch where N. Rampart meets Elysian Fields, everything around it slowed down. The connection between the two women (@nikkibreeze – left & @beeduttywhyne – right) can be felt instantly. The locked gaze in their eyes, the gentle yet reassuring placement of the hand on the shoulder. This mural has meaning and we asked Craig about it. Here’s what he had to say:

“Weeks after Hurricane Katrina, I moved back to New Orleans to gut houses and shovel swamp out of people’s destroyed homes. In that traumatic time, I met @nikkibeezee and her mom. They introduced me to Buddhism, provided me with a support system, and showed me a light in the darkness. They truly pointed my life and mind in the direction it is today.”

“When I got the opportunity to paint this mural, I knew exactly who I wanted in it and I knew exactly what the emotional content it needed to have. ‘I’m here for you’ –  This whole week reinforced the idea that the most important thing in life are the people that are there to support you.”

“I could not have completed this without @randykeeler who helped paint 50% of this wall, my dad @brucecundiff who was there for anything I needed and my mom who watched my son while I painted. Big thanks also to @nolamuralproject for the opportunity.”

“Teedie” by Ceaux

Location: St. Claude Avenue at Elysian Fields Avenue

Who is the beautiful woman in the mural? “Her name is ‘Teedie.’ She’s just a general representation of a 1990’s New Orleans lady.” – Ceaux Young

Ceux Young took this blighted wall to vibrant Black beauty in less than 24 hours. Read more in his Inside The Artist Studio feature!

Teedie is hard to miss when driving down Elysian Fields or St. Claude Avenue. Who is she? Who painted her? Where Y’Artist Ceaux gave us the inside scoop on how long it took him to paint her and why in his Inside the Artist Studio feature. Read more here and be sure to visit his Artist Profile!

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This is the beginning of an ongoing series where we spotlight New Orleans must-see murals and public art neighborhood by neighborhood.

What’s your favorite New Orleans Street Art? Did we miss any of your favorites?

Every Sunday, we’ll be posting murals and public art around town to our Instagram.

Take a picture, tag @WhereYart and use #NOLAmurals to let us know where your favorite murals and we’ll feature your selection.

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