Michigan may be more known for its natural beauty, but it also has its own array of incredible street art and murals created by local artists and painters. Some works are fully planned out murals while others are unique and traditional graffiti writing.
Street art is igniting a spirit of creativity and adding color to Michigan’s cities. These plus-sized pieces of art are free and usually easy to access, and they are the perfect backdrop for your next trendy candid on Instagram. Make sure to stop by and snap a pic with one of these 11 most Instagrammable spots in Michigan:
Eastern Market Murals
There are literally dozens of interesting and colorful backdrops around the Eastern Market area in Detroit. Before you get to snapping pics and crafting the perfect caption, drop by Eastern Market. Then, wander around to find these amazing murals, painted by locals. Find these in alleys and streets around Eastern Market on St Aubin Street, Ripple Street, Division Street and Wilkins Street.
The ultimate piece of street art is at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. An outdoor art project in Detroit, the Heidelberg Project was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton. Guyton wanted to brighten up a vacant community near downtown Detroit. It’s a little weird and a lot of fun, and it makes for really cool photos.
Ann Arbor Art Center
We can’t talk about the Michigan art scene without mentioning Ann Arbor. The side of the Art Center is one of many unique murals around town. And if we’re talking street art, don’t forget to hit up the Ann Arbor Art Festival from July 20-23.
Stella’s Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids sports a stellar wall for your more edgy Instagrams. Conveniently, there’s another large mural right across the parking lot on the side of Menna’s Joint which gives you a colorful option if skulls isn’t your aesthetic.
Angel on Monroe Center
This mural is located on the north side of Grand Rapids’ Monroe Center, across from Rosa Parks Circle. The beautiful piece is framed by taller GR buildings, making for an ethereal but grounded gram. Try to stop by Grand Rapids during Art Prize for even more installations.
Ludington is home to several detailed murals that depict historical events around the town. While beautiful, they don’t really fit in with most modern Instagram accounts. But this mural, paying tribute to the SS Badger, will invigorate any muted account with it’s bright colors and funky shapes.
Turner Mini Park
The mural next to Turner Mini Park in Old Town, Lansing changes throughout the years. Currently, it’s a huge, colorful homage to the Jazz and Blues Festival Old Town hosts every year (check out 2017’s).
Head over to Lansing’s Soup Spoon Cafe for a delicious brunch. Then walk around the side of the building for a mural depicting Michigan and spaces for visitors to write what they’re grateful for.
East Lansing Graffiti Bridge
A classic photo-op for Spartans, the Farm Lane bridge over the Red Cedar River sports layers of abstract graffiti for a perfect pic. Frame the art with the water from the Red Cedar and watch the likes roll in.
Traverse City Heart Wall
Local artist Chris Miner painted this little gem on the side Cali’s Cottons Boutique in Traverse City. Miner wanted to paint something positive amongst more negative graffiti in the city.
Lake Superior State
On the side of the Pingatore Cleaners building on Ashmun St. in Sault Ste. Marie, a crowd funding effort paid for murals to bring some color to the city’s streets.
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