Street art and snow cones on a hot summer day.
In case you were looking for a nice, sweaty alternative to spending a relaxing day at the museum (you know, in the nice, cool air conditioning), I suggest you spend the day walking around the Design District and Wynwood. It is most definitely worth the heat induced delirium to check out the incredible art that (to my pleasure) happens to be painted on buildings' walls for several city blocks. (Not to mention that fact you will probably lose a few pounds with all that walking around in 95 degree weather.) Or, better yet, you could do the smart thing and wait until the winter. Oh well, next time.
So on to our travels. We began in the Design District (around 32nd? street) with a cold beer to prepare ourselves for a scorching afternoon in the sun (for the sake of art). We took off on foot, west to Miami Avenue, at the suggestion of the bartender. To our delight, the first stop on our unguided-street-art-tour proved most unexpected. Two giant walls set on a street corner facing an intersection, formed the corner of a living room. This giant section of a room came equipped with colossal lamps and couch, and pink and white baroque wallpaper to boot. Random and odd but interesting and a good start, nonetheless.
From there we traveled south. At one point about halfway through our journey, a man noticed us (and my finger on the trigger of my camera), and suggested we trudge all the way down to 24th street for what he considered "the best stuff." So off we went in search of more art (we want more art!). Indeed, I thought I might pass out from heat exhaustion. Snow cone truck mirages began to appear. No, real snow cone trucks appeared! Hallelujah! Thank you kind sir for your thoughtful suggestion, you were right. Some of the most talented artists around had had their say on that block. And that snow cone was like a; well, it was like a red cherry snow cone on a hot summer day.
Disclaimer: These photos are not posted in the order of our discovery. You must find them and everything I didn't include here, yourselves.