Buff up your Instagram feed with these four colorful murals in D.C.! Your followers will thank you for it.
Washington, D.C. is full of fun, funky, and unexpected murals all over the city. For a city that’s so political, it’s nice to know a creative side exists and flourishes. So we’ve decided to make a second post with even more gorgeous murals for you to enjoy and snap!
All the murals on this list are colorful and the perfect backdrops to infuse a little spring into both your attitude and your social media feed. (You’re welcome.)
“Every day I see something new” Mural
At the corner of Champlain Street and Kalorama Road NW
The “Every day I see something new” mural is a beautiful collage of words and drawings strewn together to create the phrase. Everything appears mismatched at first, but the more you look, the more you realize how harmoniously all the fragments work together to create the whole piece.
The mural is a part of the Murals DC Program, an initiative that works to infuse artwork all over the city of Washington, D.C. in the forms of murals. You can learn more about the artists and what the mural means here. If you’re a little eclectic and you like cartoons and color in the backdrop of your photos, this is just the spot for you.
“Black Broadway” Mural
1344 U Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009
The “Black Broadway” Mural is a homage to the history of Washington, D.C. The city, particularly the area in and around U Street, was known as “Black Broadway” in the 20th century due to the large amount of theaters and music venues in the neighborhood. Musicians like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others played at the clubs on this street.
The U street area has recently undergone some revitalization, and is popular among locals as a place to go dancing, listen to music, or see a show. Some of the old establishments like the Lincoln and Howard theaters still exist and are in active use.
The mural itself is located in the alleyway behind 1334 U street and spells out “Black Broadway” in giant black and white print. If you love street photography and taking pictures in alleyways and against brick walls, this is a great mural for your needs.
The “Great Wave” Mural
3510 O Street NW Washington, D.C. 20007
The “Great Wave” mural is painted on the side of a row house in the neighborhood of Georgetown. Georgetown is full of old world charm, and the wave is no different. The “Great Wave” is based on The Great Wave of Kanagawa, which is a famous Japanese print from the 19th century. If you like history, both the neighborhood and the mural is a must for you.
The mural is popular on Instagram, especially those that pose in such a way that it seems they’re actually riding the wave. It will add tons of interest and creativity to your social media feed!
Ben’s Chili Bowl Mural
1213 U Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009
The Ben’s Chili Bowl mural is located in the alleyway adjacent to the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl, a D.C. establishment since 1958. The mural features prominent figures in history and was recently updated to accommodate some new additions such as Muhammad Ali, Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as the late local news anchor, Jim Vance.
The most striking aspect of this piece is the use of bold colors like blues, purples, red, and greens. If you’re looking for a photo that’s bold and will make a statement, this will be the perfect backdrop for you.
What do you think? Have you taken pictures or visited any of these spots before? Let us know which mural is your favorite in the comments below!