How Sunshine and Art Color St. Pete’s Walls

If you are interested in sprinkling some contemporary art on your stay at Beso del Sol Resort, then St. Petersburg is worth your visit. While you should certainly visit the Dalí Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and the Morean Arts Center, you can check out the art in St. Pete without missing a ray of sunshine.

St. Pete is home to an impressive collection of murals that has been growing steadily through SHINE, the city’s annual mural festival. The art can be found throughout St. Petersburg, with the biggest concentration of murals located downtown and uptown. Recent additions to the city’s collection include work by Axel Void and L.E.O., Joram Roukes, and Sam Yong.

If you only have time to check out a few murals, be sure to visit some of our favorites.

Shark Toof

687 Central Ave

Shark Toof is based out of Los Angeles, and well known for his art depicting sharks. His blood-red shark is on a mission, and seems to be swimming right off the wall.

Hitnes

975 2nd Ave S.

Italian artist Hitnes has a fascination for birds and their habitat. His inspiration ranges from Audubon to Rembrandt. Check out his native birds of Florida on the U-Haul building.

Tes ONE and Pale Horse

687 1st Ave N.

We’ll let you find some of these on your own! “Snake Woman” is a collaboration between good friends and artists Leon Bedore and Chris Parks. The mural is located on the outside of St. Pete’s iconic State Theatre.

Derek Donnelly and Sebastian Coolidge

501 Central Ave

Two of the most popular muralists teamed up to create St Pete’s largest mural “Time to Think.” Created in 2014 behind what is now known as the Florida CraftArt building, it is the largest wall mural in st. Pete, representing big business embracing creativity in their community. Can you find it?

Zulu Painter

2914 1st Ave N.

Local artist Carlos Culbertson, a.k.a. Zulu Painter, has made his mark on the St. Petersburg art scene, and you can find many of his murals throughout town. One of our favorites is this one depicting a girl and a boy in a rowing boat under the light of the moon.

Michael Vasquez

2260 1st Ave. S.

A St. Petersburg native, Vasquez is a figurative artist best know for his focus on urban, street culture and identity. Look for Vasquez’ first large-scale work on 1st Avenue, a peaceful scene of a father and son fishing with the old St. Pete’s Pier in the background. It’s a perfect fit with this part of town.

Cecilia Lueza

Central and 5th Ave

You can’t miss “Common Ground” since it covers the entire intersection of Central and 5th Avenue. The vibrant geometric shape reflect its colorful creator, Cecilia Lueza, a multi-talented mastermind with multiple vibrant art installations throughout the US.

Vitale Bros.

279 22nd St. S.

John and Paul Vitale created “Under the Sea,” which is not to be missed when you are on 22nd Street and so close to the Gulf of Mexico. Look for the sea turtle coming right at you!

Evoca1

1246 Central Ave

Truly an evocative piece, “The Girl with Doberman” in the Edge district is worth a closer look to see the expressions of both the girl and the dog. Evoca1 created this mural for the first SHINE Festival in 2015. You have to see it for yourself!

You can also take a guided tour of some of the murals if you prefer, or check a handy map of where the artwork is located.

When you get back to Beso del Sol Resort after a day full of art, it’s time to slow down. Take a refreshing dip in one of our waterfront pools, or discuss your favorite mural over a Rumrunner at the Marker 8 Tiki Bar.

What is your favorite St. Petersburg mural? We always like to hear from you!

Photos courtesy of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

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