We’ve scouted New Orleans to bring you a few must-see murals in the Marigny, Bywater and Treme neighborhoods. While scouting art, we wondered what the difference was between graffiti & street art. So, we asked New Orleans street artist, Jeremy Paten for his two cents.
“I’m Here For You” by Craig Cundiff
Location: N. Rampart & Elysian Fields (Next to Gene’s PoBoys)
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.”
“Nnamdi the Gator” by Devin DeWulf
Location: Burgundy and Clouet
How often do you break away from your usual canvas and create on walls?
What’s the story behind the gator?
“So the gator design was chosen, and as I was painting – a former student of mine was murdered by our city’s gun-violence epidemic. With that, I used the gator mural to process my own sadness and pay respect to my former student. So the gator became Nnamdi. In my artist-mind, it was a way to keep alive the memory of a bright, precocious, and talented 8th grader I had the privilege of working with. Most people don’t know this about the gator – but it makes me happy each time I walk by.
Has the neighborhood responded well?
“Through the painting process, I was able to meet most of the neighbors too – a few have become friends and supporters of my next mural project just a few blocks away on Congress and Burgundy. I hope to wrap that one up next year.”
“Teedie” by Ceaux
Location: St. Claude Avenue and Elysian Fields
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!
“Iko” by Gabriel Flores of New Orleans Paint + Design
Location: Claiborne and Orleans
When an upcoming Marvel Studios production filming in New Orleans requested authentic graffiti that represented the city to add some texture and flavor to a location, they contacted Gabriel Flores. In just four hours Gabriel created this mural titled ‘Iko’. It was inspired by its location in relation to second line Mardi Gras Indian culture. Read more about Gabriel in his Artist Profile and be sure to keep up with the collection of portraits he is painting for Nola.com’s 300 for 300 series.
Henry Lipkis + Jessica Strahan + Ceaux
Location: St. Claude and Franklin in Bywater
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.”
Kashink + Wooly the Mammath + Henry Lipkis
Location: North Claiborne and La Harpe, on the side of Boss Status Apparel in Treme
As you’re exiting I-10, check our the Bounce mural in your rearview mirror. Painted by Kashink & Wooly the Mammath, this mural commemorates the iconic music genre only found in New Orleans and made famous by Big FreediaBB.
“Louisiana Blue Note” by MTO
Location: Touro and Marais in Marigny
While in New Orleans, French Artist MTO, completed this mural sponsored by NOLA Rising and
curated by Rex Dingler. The lounging man depicted is reading “Le Bateau Ivre” by Arthur Rimbaud.
“Change” by Danae Brissonet
Location: Fairgrinds Coffee House, 2221 St. Claude Ave. in Bywater
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 and Spain in Bywater
Right next to the KIPP School, 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.
Location: Bishop Perry Center, Touro and Dauphine in Marigny
Created by artist and neighbor, Sue Ireland, over eight months, this mural was painted as a gift, illustrating the history of the property. As part of her process, she preserved pieces of two original murals. The first mural was painted by young pregnant women attending the alternative Catholic school and the second by Bishop Perry students a few months before Hurricane Katrina.
“Trumpet Black” by Brandon Odums (Bmike)
Location: Corner of N. Claiborne Avenue and Gov. Nicholls Street in Treme
Brandan Odums‘ portrait of the late Travis ‘Trumpet Black’, a brass band musician who died at the age of 28. “In New Orleans,” Odums said, “we celebrate life. We mourn, but beyond the mourning, we have a celebration.”
“Ernie K-Doe” by Lefty Parker
Location: Euclid and Chartres Street in Bywater
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.