St. Louis Graffiti Wall

It’s been a while since I’ve ventured around St. Louis! Thankfully that was remedied last weekend when a couple of adventurous buddies and I visited a graffiti wall down by the Gateway Arch. Plenty of talented graffiti artists have made their mark (and unfortunately plenty of non-talents have too) on the mile-long flood wall by the riverfront. In fact, it’s the only legal place to graffiti in St. Louis! We didn’t walk the entire mile (2 miles?), but even then, I scored plenty of colorful photos. Anyone who likes art would appreciate this place:

St. Louis Graffiti Wall Riverfront Gateway Arch
Look! You can see our beloved Arch from the side.

St. Louis Graffiti Wall Riverfront

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront
Heh, this is a cute way to ask someone to prom! Speaking of which, we saw people taking prom pics down here. Wow. Such effort.
St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront
The arch, again!
St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront
This one was fun! It reminded me of a comic strip. I wish I was around for Paint Louis!

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront

Heh, had some fun with this one!
Ahaha this pose reminds me of Single Ladies!

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront

There’s Geoff, lookin’ so cool.

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront

“OMG, should I try kicking too?”
Conclusion: kicking was too hard. Better try the other pose instead 😛
St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront
#yesplease

Some of these parts looked like they came straight out of the Industrial Revolution. The old, broken, and weather-worn structures in St. Louis have always interested me – in fact, I did a photo project with this theme last year (view on Flickr).

St. Louis Riverfront

St. Louis Riverfront Train

St. Louis Riverfront Train Tracks

A few more photos before leaving:

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront
Always have been intrigued by the moon.

Of course I had to get a jumping photo! What did you expect? Also, Amy’s such a boss, (successfully) jumping with a dress on.
A (very) rare candid.

Goodbye, wall!

St. Louis Graffiti Flood Wall Riverfront

I hope graffitti will become more accepted as a real art form rather than as vandalism. While there are people who ruin perfectly good things with their stupid tags, some of this stuff is really cool and I am glad that it’s on display for the public to see. Where have you seen cool graffiti art or murals in your city?

Thanks, Sarah, for the awesome recommendation to visit the wall! And thanks, friends, for taking photos of me!

P.S. More graffiti around the U.S.: HOPE Outdoor GalleryColorful Murals in the LA Arts District

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