Discovering Indy’s Wall Murals

I love wall murals. They really make cities colorful and provide perfect backdrops for photos. When traveling some place new, I usually seek out some of the more unique murals, especially if they have the city name in them somewhere.

Over the past few years, I’ve been working on a mural guide for Indianapolis and surrounding areas. As more and more pop-up, I decided it would be best if they were all in one post!

I’m also including a map with all the locations, which I’ll update when I add new ones to this post. A few are no longer there, but since I think it’s kind of fun to look at past murals too, those are at the bottom of the post in their own section.

Fountain Square

Fountain Square is FULL of murals and new ones keep popping up all the time, including this cool two-toned green wall next to 317 Juicery. When you’re done snapping a photo, pop in and pick up a four pack of carrot juice – it’s so delicious!

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1429 Shelby St.

You can find this tough looking pup behind The Hero House comic book store in Fountain Square. There are a couple others around it as well, including a robot and a Tardis.

1112 Prospect Street.

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You Are Beautiful, 1029 Fletcher Ave #100, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Jules Muck recently spend a few days in Indianapolis, blessing us with her quirky street art, including this tribute to Dolly Parton. There’s been some controversy over other murals she’s done around the city, including people getting mad because she’s not local, but I say there’s enough space for everyone. I’ll be checking them out and adding them as I find them!

653 Virgina Ave.

Downtown

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Indianapolis Public Schools Building, 120 E. Walnut

Bigger than life, Reggie Miller is the latest famous person mural to crop up near Mass Ave. Miller played for the Indiana Pacers (our NBA team) from 1987 – 2005 and remains one of the most loved athletes to ever wear a Pacers’ jersey.

127 E. Michigan St

Last year, my favorite rainbow wall was torn down to make way for more apartments and a CVS downtown. However, this one still exists and I had no idea it was there until recently! There are two other murals nearby too. You can find this one at 1049 Southeastern Avenue.

Just around the corner from the rainbow wall are these cool tools! I believe the building is vacant, but it’s right next to Angie’s List which has another retro Quaker Oats mural on the side of their building. So you can knock out three very different pieces of art right in a couple blocks of each other.

Here’s the Quaker Oats mural I was talking about! It’s so retro – I’m not sure the story behind it, but it’s been there for a really long time.

Remember the rainbow wall I mentioned earlier that was torn down? Well these two stunning murals from Kelsey Montague were put up in the same area and are so pretty! She’s famous for the wings murals you see all over the country and her latest installment at City Way might be my favorite set she’s designed.

This “Dream Big” mural is on the side of a doggie daycare. It’s super bright and fun and there are some cute dogs painted around the side of the building too. I just happened to see this one while driving on the interstate. It’s not too far from the rainbow wall or tools mural. 925 E. Vermont Street.


This mural of a construction worker DJing is at the end of Mass Ave, near the Indy Reads bookstore. They also have their own mural, so be sure to check it out too!

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East Side

Shout out to my friend Forensic Fashion Notes who peeped this colorful mural on the side of Greek’s Pizza off 16th street . She knows the owners, but they were closed the day we went, so we had to climb a small fence to take a photo (with owner permission, of course). If you find yourself craving something good to eat, hop on over to Greek’s then snap a picture in front of this colorful and uplifting piece of art. You can find it at 1601 Colombia Ave.

If retro is your jam, take a trip to Rock Cola Cafe in the Irvington area! This 50s style diner not only has some fun murals on the side of their building, but it’s full of other vintage photo spots inside.

Another one of Jules Muck’s murals – the KISS cats can be found on the side of Chuck’s Coney Island. This part of town is a bit sketchy, so I’m going to recommend that you take a friend with you. There was a guy parked in the parking lot when I pulled up and he got out of his car to take a photo of me. He said the owner is his cousin and he’s being paid to watch the mural because people have threatened to vandalize it. Maybe – either way, it was kind of weird. He didn’t bother me, but I didn’t stick around real long after that.

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South Side and Suburbs

This hip rendition of Benjamin Franklin is located on the south side in Franklin, Indiana and pays tribute to the man the town was named after. You can find Ben at 351 E. Jefferson St. Be sure to check out the fun shops downtown Franklin has to offer!

Right next to Benjamin Franklin is a collection of kites. Perhaps an ode to his kite experiment with electricity?

This is one of my favorites! It’s actually part of a larger mural (see below) and was painted by Amy Hommell from the Teal Canary. You can find it in downtown Greenwood, Indiana located at 189 W. Main St.

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This mural is so new that the paint was barely dry when I took a picture of it! Also located in Franklin, you can find this colorful wall underneath the Main Street bridge next to the skate park.

Located in Whiteland, Indiana, this super cute heart mural would be the perfect backdrop for engagement or Valentine photos. Just turn on Main Street off of 31 and it’s on the side of a building next to Crystal Graphics.

At the intersection of Shelby and Raymond Street

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This running mural is located in the tiny town of Trafalgar. The Franklin Creative Council designed the mural and members of the community came out to paint it. I just love the bees! You can find this one at the Indian Creek Learning Center just before you get to the high school.

Broad Ripple

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On the side of Burger Fuel, 6320 Guilford Ave.
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Near the Bungalow, 924 E Westfield Blvd.
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4851 Winthrop Ave. (there are several bright murals right next to each other with uplifting messages as well as another set of angel wings but the sun was too bright to get a good picture of those. These are on the Monon Trail, right around the corner from Winthrop Supply Co.)

1095 E. 52nd St. near Bent Rail Brewery. The Monon Love Train is a extensive mural, spanning a long stretch of the Monon Trail.

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Muckrock worked her magic with Debbie Harry on the side of Indy CD & Vinyl in Broad Ripple. 806 Broad Ripple Ave.

North Side


The Monon Trail has a plethora of mural art. This colorful creation is located in Carmel, and was painted by a group of high school students. It’s located at 43 W. Main St.

West Side

This gorgeous mural is located at the Central State Mansion – an apartment community built on the grounds of an old mental institution. It’s located at 202 Steeples Boulevard, not far from Speedway.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway! This bright mural is inside the speedway, not too far from the pagoda which is one of the most popular backdrops for the month of May. Visit the museum year-round and if you live in Johnson County, Indiana, you can check out a museum pass for 50% off general admission to the museum from the Johnson County Public Library.

 

Gone But Not Forgotten…These Murals are No Longer with Us

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Nashville Murals

Nashville is one of my favorite cities to visit. Growing up in southern Indiana, we were only a couple hours away from Music City and would often go down on weekends to the Grand Ole Opry and later in college, I road tripped there for many concerts.

The city has seen a boom in recent years of tourism, bachelorette parties and people moving in. It’s also seen a ton of murals going up all over town. While visiting for an extended weekend, I took a little bit of time each day to hunt down some of the colorful street art in popular Nashville neighborhoods.

Here are a few of my favorites, including locations so you can find them too! I barely made a dent in all the murals Nashville has to offer, so hopefully I’ll get back soon so I can share some more.

The Gulch
Right outside of downtown Nashville, you’ll find The Gulch. A neighborhood of restaurants and shops Kelsey Montague’s famous wings mural can be found here. It was nearly dark when we got there, but never fear, there are lights up above it! So you should still be able to get the perfect shot day or night.

Right across the street you will find another colorful mural on the side of a building. There are several others in the area, but since it was almost dark, I didn’t have time to hunt them down.
Address: 230 11th Ave. South.


12 South
There are almost too many mural in 12 South to count! And I didn’t even get to all of them. The weather wasn’t great for most of the weekend and it was starting to rain again, so I photographed what I could, then grabbed some DELISH donuts from Five Daughters Bakery, which you must stop at even if only passing through town.

All of these murals are within walking distance of each other, so I suggest parking across from Draper James, then making your way up and down the street. The famous “I Believe in Nashville” mural is right across the street from Draper James – can’t miss it!
Address for Draper James: 2608 12th Ave. South.

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East Nashville
If you’re looking for unique murals, East Nashville certainly has them! Kelsey Montague has painted a spectacular hot air balloon on the side of an apartment complex called The Cleo Apartments. There’s even a basket you can sit in and it’s 100% Instagram worthy. We also saw a mural of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates on the way out of town, plus some other interesting art I’d like to go back to see another time.
Address for the Hot Air Balloon mural: 1034 West Eastland. Book Nerd mural is across the street. 

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You’ll find this one at: 625 Main Street. It’s even better in person – there were cars parked in the lot in front of it, so you can’t see the whole thing. I’d recommend going in the morning. Happy hunting! When I go back, I’ll find some more and update this post as I can. I’d love to see your photos if you find any of them.

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Lexington Mural Guide

Several of my best friends live in Lexington, KY, so I usually make a trip down there a few times a year for girls nights or Friendsgiving celebrations. A few weeks ago, Paul McCartney played at Rupp Arena and I met up with my gal pals, along with my mom and dad, and we all went to the concert.

I’ve never really gone looking for murals in Lexington before, so since the weather was nice and I had nothing else going on, I left Indianapolis a few hours early and decided to hunt some down! Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot in the town that the University of Kentucky calls home, but I found some cute ones nonetheless!

This cool train mural is on the side of a bar – I especially enjoy the message. It makes me want to spontaneously buy a plane ticket somewhere and just go!

375 Thompson Road

I stumbled upon this pretty mermaid while looking for the “I Love You Kentucky” mural – they are in the same neighborhood, which had a bunch of really cute shops I would have liked to go in, but I didn’t have a lot of extra time for shopping. There are also some pretty plain color walls in this neighborhood too.

 

Near Shop Local Kentucky, 212 Woodland Avenue

This next mural, on the side of Hive Salon, is ridiculously cute! My family had bees growing up and I would help my dad with the beehives, so I really loved the aesthetic of  the mural on the side of their building.

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Hive Salon, 156 Deweese Street

Right across the street from Hive, is the mural of Louie Armstrong, the late jazz musician.

Also in the same vicinity, this super cute fox! You will see it from both Louis Armstrong and Hive, so park at one and walk across the road if you want to get a photo of it.

Hair salons seem to be the mural hubs of Lexington, you can find this Kentucky Legends mural on the side of Floyd’s 99 Barbershop. I was kind of confused by George Clooney until I did some research and discovered he was born in Lexington. Also pictured are Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton and Anthony Davis.

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, 124 Malabu Dr.

Honest Abe is AMAZING! He is located on the back of the Kentucky Theater and pays homage to one of my favorite U.S. Presidents who grew up in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

214 E. Main Street

Finally, this super cute Kentucky mural can be found at Shop Local Kentucky. If you find any that I didn’t see, please tag me in your photos or leave a picture in the comments! I would love to see them and check them out next time I’m in town.

Cincinnati’s Colorful Wall Murals

I don’t know if you’ve ever visited Cincinnati, Ohio or not, but they’ve got a great mural scene going for them. There were murals everywhere you turned – so many that I couldn’t get pictures of them all because I ran out of time!

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You’ll find snap shots of my favorites in this post, along with where to find them in case you want to go exploring on your own. And then when you’re done, make your way to Over the Rhine for some great food, game bars or axe throwing.

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This fun Cincinati, OH mural is on the corner of Reading Rd. and E. 12th Street. There really isn’t a good place to park, but if you drive around the corner and park on Pendleton Street, you’ll be at the entrance to Boliver Alley, and can walk down it and get to this mural that way.

Once you’ve taken your photo at the Cincinnati mural, make your way back down Boliver Alley for the coolest mural experience all in one place.

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Downtown, near OTR, you will find everything from cats, zombies, food to vintage toys.

Crazy Cat mural is located at 1120 Walnut Street and has a parking lot in front of it, so you can park here, then walk to some of the other murals in the area.
This Zombie mural is right across the parking lot from the cat mural.
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This one reminds me of something out of the 70s! It can be found at 311 East 13th Street.

 

 

Lookin’ Good mural, which has neon lights around it, is right around the corner from the cat mural.
This one shares a parking lot with the Lookin’ Good Mural.

 

This one is on the corner of E. Central Parkway and Eggleston.
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Classic Toy Mural, located at 23 W Court St.
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You’ll have to drive out of downtown for this fun mural. Located in Reading, this serves as a welcome to the Reading Bridal District and can be found at 11 Benson Street, Reading, OH 45215.

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Part of the legend series, this mural pays tribute to Annie Oakley in the neighborhood where she was born and grew up. 3211 Madison Road.

There are many others I didn’t get a chance to photograph, like James Brown, Neil Armstrong, and the flying pig. However, you can download a handy map of the murals in Cincinnati to see what else I missed.

Have fun exploring!