In the social media age, a vacation isn’t really a vacation without a collection of great photos that commemorates it. And although monuments and landmarks provide great photo ops, murals by local artists have gotten more and more popular for Instagrammers and travelers alike. So get your selfie sticks, tripods and smartphones ready for some of the most Insta-worthy spots in DFW!
Go check them out and share your pics using #DFWHappenings!
1. DEEP ELLUMPHANTS
3601 Main Street, Dallas
Located in the vibrant Dallas neighborhood of Deep Ellum, the colorful elephant mural is one of the most iconic murals in the area. Created by artist Adrian Torres, the Deep Elumphants is painted on a huge ivory brick wall that provides beautiful light reflection for your photos.
2. THE EYE AT THE JOULE
1607 Main Street, Dallas
Located in the heart of downtown Dallas by the posh Joule Hotel and Café Strada, The Eye at The Joule is a 30-foot eyeball sculpture by Tony Tasset. Many have taken creative and silly photos around it— including poking the eye, putting eye drops on the eye and many more. Let your imagination run wild and have fun at the Eye!
3. THE FOUNDRY DISTRICT’S INSPIRATION ALLEY
2625 Whitmore Street, Fort Worth
Imagine 3,600 square feet of wall space in an alleyway that is covered with original murals by North Texan artists. This place begs to be on your Instagram feed! The Foundry District itself is home to unique retail tenants and restaurants, so you get to sip, shop and snap all in one spot.
4. AMERICAN FLAG
2730 Commerce Street, Dallas
A Deep Ellum classic, this patriotic mural is painted on the side of St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin restaurant, on the corner of Commerce and Crowdus Street, to be exact. When you’re coming from downtown Dallas, you won’t be able to see it right away, so drive slowly or you will miss it!
5. RONALD KIRK BRIDGE
109 Continental Avenue, Dallas
Although not a mural, this is a great spot for taking photos with the famous Dallas skyline and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in the background. There’s free parking available, portable restrooms, mini playground for kids, a jogging trail and benches along the bridge so you can hangout and enjoy the breathtaking view after taking photos.
6. COLORFUL PENTAGONS
3699 McKinney Avenue, Dallas (West Village Parking Lot)
Cleverly hidden under the parking building of West Village shops and apartment complex, this colorful mural by Ricardo Paniagua is vibrant and cheerful yet elegant, making it a great Instagram backdrop! It gets really crowded around lunchtime though, so come early if you don’t want cars blocking your photo op.
7. THE TRAVELING MAN STATUES
Corners of Swiss Avenue & Good Latimer Expressway, Dallas
Built of polished metal sheets by artist Brad Oldham, The Traveling Man statues are part of the most recognizable symbols of the city of Dallas. The three statues have different names and meanings: Awakening, Waiting on the Train, and the most famous one, Walking Tall.
8. MURAL PLAZA AT BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT
Corners of North Bishop Avenue & Melba Street, Dallas
As Bishop Arts District continues to be developed, the view of construction sites has been dominating this hip and artsy neighborhood lately. To keep the district beautiful, the Mural Plaza was opened for public in April of 2017. It serves as a beautiful open space where people can come together, get inspired and take photos by the murals painted by local artists.
9. STARTED WITH THE SCREENSHOT
2900 McKinney Avenue, Dallas (The Standard Pour Parking Lot)
You might have seen this wall on one of your favorite fashion bloggers’ Instagram accounts. Why? Because this mural was designed by Alli K of Reward Style, the company behind the app called Like To Know It. When their annual conference was held in Dallas recently, famous bloggers with millions of followers from all over the country came to Dallas and took photos here. So put on a cute outfit and join the list of stylistas who have snapped photos here!
1806 McMillan Avenue, Dallas (Houndstooth Coffee Parking Lot)
Located in the deep end of Knox-Henderson area, the Colorful Diamond mural has been famous among Instagrammers for a couple of years now. Artist Thornton Jeff did a beautiful job in incorporating different colors within the diamond pattern. If you’re coming from highway 75, you might not see it right away, so be on the lookout for Houndstooth coffee.
These are a few of our favorite Insta-worthy photo-ops, but they’re definitely not the only ones in DFW! In fact, our city has so many gorgeous murals that we have whole other list of great wall-to-wall backgrounds for you to fill your Instagram feed with. Have fun snapping photos, and be sure to tag your pics with #DFWHappenings!
Photos Courtesy: Deborah Manusama, @mozdeb