Your guide to all of Birmingham’s beautiful murals in 2021—Part 1

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Smile for the camera Birmingham. We’ve rounded up a list of all of our city’s murals, so you know the go-to places for the best photo-ops. Keep reading for the details on location + artists in part one of our guide on Birmingham’s murals.

1. Color Bham Mural—@marcusfetch

Color Bham Community Mural
Makin’ Bham colorful. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Color Bham mural is a collaborative mural that community members had a part in creating. Thanks to Marcus Fetch, you can admire this beautiful mural every time you’re enjoying a tasty meal at The Pizitz.

2. Bluff Park Mural—@jaynemorganart + @bluffparkmuralproject

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The Bluff Park Mural is a new addition to Birmingham’s murals. Photo via Jayne Morgan for Bham Now

This is Bluff Park’s first (of hopefully many) murals, and it’s the perfect welcome to the area. Artist Jayne Morgan and Toni Kennedy painted the mural along with volunteers from the community.

3. House Plant Collective—@bendykneesdesign

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A room full of color and greenery. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

You’ve probably seen the colorful and graphic murals done by bendyknees designs throughout Birmingham, and now you can find even more while you’re browsing for plants at House Plant Collective.

4. Tropicaleo Mural— & @magiccitymuralco

Tropicaleo’s new colorful wall. Photos via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.
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Tropicaleo is once again finding ways to make Birmingham more sustainable. Photo via Tropicaleo’s Facebook page

Tropicaleo is back with an all new bar menu, and they’re always keeping things fresh, like with this mural done in the colors and patterns of the Caribbean by Moses Pressnell. We also can’t forget the out-of-this-world hibiscus print astronaut farther down the same wall by Daniel Gilchrist Weingarten, the man behind Magic City Mural Company.

5. Sozo Trading Co. Mural—@blankspacebham

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A gorgeous textile print. Photo via Sozo Trading Co.

In keeping with their theme of inspiring others, Sozo Trading Co. tapped Blank Space Bham to express the message: the world needs you. It brightens the walls and the mood with just a paintbrush.

6. “Grow with the Flow”—@bendykneesdesign

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Welcome color to your life. Photo via bendyknees design

There are plenty of bendyknees murals at The Summit, but this “Grow with the Flow” mural is their newest addition.

7. Crestwood Tavern Mural— @magiccitymuralco

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Yes, that is a nod to Blinky the 3-eyed fish from The Simpsons. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

The vibrant mural at Crestwood Tavern represents the heartbeat of Birmingham.

8. Care Bears Mural— @mammothmurals

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A cute Care Bear is in Southside. Photo via Mammoth Murals

This colorful Care Bears mural is located in a townhome complex, but you can access it from the parking lot.

9. The Kloset Mural—@a.nichel

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Kloset Mural in Fairfield. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

A. Nichel’s mural at The Kloset honors three role models: Nipsey Hussle, Kobe Bryant and Chadwick Boseman.

10. “Cahaba Lilies”— @dplfineart

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Check out this new mural in Helena. Photo via Danielle Portera Lang

The Cahaba Lilies mural is new to Old Town Helena. This is local artist Danielle Portera Lang’s first public mural, but she’s hoping to create even more.

11. “It’s Rad to Have You in Birmingham”—@seanmgilder

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If there is one word to describe this mural, it’s definitely “rad”. Is it officially cool to say “rad” now? Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

This Birmingham mural adorns the side of Monday Night Brewing. The creation of Sean M. Glider, the mural wraps around the exterior of Monday Night Brewing and features a spaceship, a velociraptor and an astronaut—while playing homage to the classic “It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” mural.

12. “Find Your Magic, Birmingham”—@marcusfetch

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“Find Your Magic Birmingham,” painted by Marcus Fetch. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On a wall parallel to the train tracks, this mural shows a girl playing the flute, in Fetch’s distinctive style.

“The super long wall lent itself well to the girl playing the flute and I loved the idea of capturing that special moment you can get lost in when creating, so having the flute turn into a branch blooming flowers and birds was perfect.”

Marcus Fetch

13. “Vulcan Mural Project”— @blankspacebham

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What a beautiful background. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now.

Working in conjunction with Vulcan Park and Museum and the Birmingham Design Review Committee, Black Space Bham debuted their artistic talent with the Andy Warhol-inspired Vulcan mural in downtown Birmingham back in 2015.

The eye-catching mural showcases Birmingham’s beloved mascot in a colorful interpretation—and we love it!

14. “Welcome to Edgewood”—@fitzsignsmurals

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A bright mural welcoming you to Edgewood. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

“Welcome to _______” seems to be a theme in the greater Birmingham area, don’t you think? Well, local artist Shawn Fitzwater thinks so—that’s why one of his latest projects helps formally welcome guests and residents of Edgewood.

Painted on the side wall of the Engaged Wedding Library, the mural is pretty much impossible to miss on a ride into town to grab a bite to eat.

15. “It’s Nice To Have You in Birmingham”— @mcmcbhm

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“It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham,” painted on the side of John’s City Diner. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

“It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” might be one of the most iconic murals in The Magic City. The slogan dates all the way back to the 1950s, when various clubs in Birmingham promoted the city with the slogan on bumper stickers, buttons and other memorabilia.

In 2014, a group of artists known as the “Magic City Mural Collective” painted the now-iconic slogan on the side of John’s City Diner in downtown Birmingham. The mural is a fan favorite—who hasn’t taken an Instagram photo by the mural?

Stay tuned for more parts of our guide to murals in Birmingham, coming soon. Tag us on social @bhamnow with any photos you take in front of our city’s murals!

Miranda Shaffer
Miranda Shaffer
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