Celebrating the Very Best of Local Independent Pursuits
Over one hundred cyclists departed from Government Center on the popular Graffiti By Bike tour, a benefit for the Magic City Bike Co-Op led by Olga Cano and Dario Gonzalez through the finest graffiti murals of Miami’s Wynwood and Midtown neighborhoods.
The Graffiti Tour’s first stop was in Overtown, Miami’s Historically Black Village. While many regard Overtown as one of the less cosmopolitan areas of Miami, this tour surprised and challenged many beliefs of many by riding through Overtown’s enclave of independent businesses and gorgeous art murals.
Volunteers were even on hand to pass out flyers for the Second Annual Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival, a celebration of Overtown’s rich musical history and local and national musical artists, church choirs, school marching bands and food vendors featuring southern cooking, Caribbean flavors, and locally grown produce.
The tour continued through Wynwood, a neighborhood filled with abandoned buildings that are lovingly tagged, independent businesses and art galleries adorned with commissioned murals and even displays of mischief makers giving the more wealthy artists “involuntary corporate makeovers”, so to speak.
One collaboration off artists that appear to be standing out more and more in the Wynwood art scene is 2Square, a community oriented movement to foster spaces where artists can come together and do their arts and rely on each other as a resource.”
In a neighborhood where graffiti artists can aspire to be an icon of urban renewal instead of spray can wielding vandals, its easy to see why 2Square and other artists chose this Wynwood as one of the neighborhoods in which to flourish.
To see more pictures from this ride, check out the dazzling photography from Another Traveler.com or simply search the Instagram hashtag #MCBC.