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Asheville Street Art: A Photo Essay

Over the last few years I’ve come to love and really enjoy street art. I’ve always enjoyed roaming streets of towns and cities, but making a point to take in and appreciate street art has added to that love! Asheville, NC is well-known as a bohemian/artist community, so it’s no shock that loads of  Asheville street art has popped up all over town. I wanted to share some of my personal favorites from my many walks through the River Arts District in West Asheville.

This Good Vibes silo is a symbol of West Asheville and is photographed frequently!

   

My dear friend + artist Andrea posing with/like the fish in this piece of art. Even though I had a hard time deciding, these two fish were definitely some of my favorites. 

Be sure to look everywhere for the art.. This one is probably just bigger than a shoebox, and absolutely beautiful.

         

           

In amongst the street art in this area is a local skatepark: The Foundation Spot. Not only does it look super rad, it has a really cool story! So, it’s completely built upon donations: both financial and time. It’s tucked away behind some of the larger buildings and it was a lot of fun seeing skateboarders do their thing amongst the art.

  

You can truly feel the artistic spirit of this beautiful city. If you’re a lover of street art and find yourself in Asheville, I would highly recommend taking a walk in the River Arts District by the Wedge at Foundation (a favorite brewery of mine). On my recent stroll through here I instantly fell in love. Wherever you are in town be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing Asheville street art.

If you’re planning on visiting Asheville, be sure to check out my Top 10 in Asheville post!

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Megan Indoe
    June 26, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Whoa I had no idea Asheville had such a cool street art scene! I love it! This is such a fun place to come and do a ton of photos. Now we have another great reason to visit Asheville!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 26, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      It’s definitely a hot spot for it! And this is just one part of town! I want to go back and do some awesome portraits there soon.

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    Candy
    June 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Wow! So many vivid colors! I had no idea Asheville had so much street art. I really like the black and white one of the women holding up a bouquet of flowers. I want to know the story behind it! I wish the artists would write a little backstory for peeps like us who want to know more 🙂

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      I love that one too. My husband says that there’s a knife in the bouquet, but I think it’s a feather… That would be really cool! I know that the artists in this area have to submit and application before they paint them. They should create a street art guide!

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    Laura
    June 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Oh my gosh I love all of these so much! I’m not sure which one is my favorite — hard to choose! I really love Asheville; I visited for the first time last year with my dad and we did a brewery tour. When I make it back to the states for a visit, I’d love to spend a bit longer there and get out in the nature as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      It really is hard to choose! The sloth and the fish are two of my favorites for sure! Which brewery did you visit?! If you’re there after we move back (ya know, in a little over a year ha!) I’d love to meet up!

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    rovingjo
    July 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I had no idea that Asheville had Street Art. It is quite impressive variety of street art at that. I have always wanted to visit to see the estate but now that I know they have good street art it is making me move this destination up my list.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 1, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      There’s so much to see in Asheville. It’s so much more than just Biltmore Estate. In fact, that wouldn’t even be what I would consider the city’s top attraction as far as what I would recommend to people. It would be in the top 10, but at the bottom of the list.

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    Claire Summers
    July 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I love street art. You have captures some incredible things here. I love exploring a new place where I didn’t expect to fin a huge mural and being blown away. Its happened to me a few times now.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      I know exactly what you mean! I stumbled upon this gorgeous mural in Fayetteville and instantly just HAD to photograph it! It’s pretty awesome!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    July 5, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Street art is always so colourful and vibrant and a window of the times of the place. The pictures have captured the beauty of the street art in all its splendour. Always have been fascinated by street art across the world.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you very much. I’m fascinated by it as well! It has become my new favorite thing to photograph in cities.

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    Vibeke Johannessen
    July 5, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I love street art. I love these vibrant colors. I havent seen street art in the US yet. But I went to Berlin and I have seen lots of it in Ecuador. I would love to see this in Asheville 🙂

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      I’ve heard that the street art in Berlin is just unreal! I love huge sections of it, like this one. It’s awesome when you stumble upon big groupings of art.

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    Veronica
    July 5, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I come from a society where older generation really judged anything that was different from “gray and same”. I come from Ukraine. I was amazed when I saw street art in Berlin when I visited that city. It was a symbol of freedom to me. Nowadays we have a lot of street art and murals of course. But I love street art ever since. I’d love to explore these sites in Asheville someday.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      That sounds like a really moving experience to see street art like that for the first time. One of my dear friends is a first generation American with Ukrainian parents. I’m visiting eastern Europe next year and she’s hoping to meet me in the Ukraine for both of our very first time. I’d love to hear your tips!

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    Rocio
    July 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Very beautiful! Nice job!!!!!! Never found yet a place with good art street! But now you gave me the inspiration!!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      You’ll have to check out Asheville! I’ve found that most towns have some pretty spectacular street art if you look hard enough!

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    twentiesandtrends
    August 16, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful pictures! I love your blog.

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