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Street Art and Grafitti in New Orleans

While we can't hold a candle to the amount and scope of street art that I saw when visiting New York City, New Orleans certainly has it's share of artists willing to see anything as a canvas. From the sides of buildings to abandoned warehouses to the fences that surround their property, artists are driven to create. 

We're the beneficiaries of their talent and vision - after all, what could be better than driving down a street and stumbling upon the results of someone's compulsion to share what their imagination has concocted.

Some art is clearly created with stencils (see the Wrdsmth display below), while others are carefully created by hand.


new orleans street art 

While some of the creations I run across clearly fall into the unauthorized graffiti camp, the art on private property and warehouse walls is generally approved, or even created, by the owner. Bringing a little bit of color to their block, there are some whimsical approaches to decorating fences and walls. 


new orleans street art


new orleans street art


Organized Grafitti

One of the most famous street art exhibits the city has ever seen is no longer open to the public (or, as we say in New Orleans, "ain't dere no more"). ExhibitBe was a collaborative effort of dozens of New Orleans graffiti artists that, with the permission of the owner, transformed an abandoned apartment complex into soaring displays of what can be done with spray paint and talent. 

new orleans street art

new orleans street art

The organizer of ExhibitBe, Brandon Odums, still operates StudioBe in the Bywater neighborhood, with tours available by appointment. 


Do you have a favorite piece of street art or grafitti that speaks to your soul? Share it, if you'd like. 


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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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One of the many things I love is street art, or grafitti. The apartment building you photographed is impressive! When it cools down, it's time for a visit to the Big Easy. It's been a while.

Aug 07, 2018 12:07 PM #1
Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES

Street art in New Orleans is amazing. Remember going there for a Realtor convention in 2006. Pretty sure Realtors were the first organized convention after Hurricane Katrina. We had an amazing time. 

Aug 07, 2018 12:39 PM #2
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

That's awesome. We do not have much of this in my area, but I am always amazed at what artists can accomplish.

Aug 08, 2018 02:54 PM #3
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Nice to see so much creative expression in your city.  These people deserve more respect.

Sep 09, 2018 05:49 PM #4
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