In the Community + Hiding In Plain Sight: Must See Murals Below Esplanade Pt. 2

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.

“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.”

Paint by Number – Saegan Swanson

Location: Corner of Marais and St Ferdinand

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!


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.