One sunny day after visiting the Dallas Museum of Arts, we stopped at the Deep Ellum area of Dallas – dubbed Dallas’ original walking neighborhood for more art. Only this time it was murals on the street walls not art on the museum walls. I have never been to this side of town was intrigued by the many murals I had seen online. Deep Ellum is filled with all sorts of creative professionals like movie makers and animators, music producers and promoters, architects, designers, furniture makers, set designers, and on and on. So the area is an explosion of creativity and we loved wandering through the many alleyways looking for the vibrant Deep Ellum Murals.
42 Murals project was created as an opportunity to provide local, national, and international artists to showcase their talent through murals painted on many of the historic buildings in Deep Ellum. The goal was to increase awareness of art in Deep Ellum and Dallas by providing free public art for the visitors.
Elm Street is dotted with murals in the nooks and crannies of various alleys and side streets from Good Latimer to Malcolm X and in between Elm Street and Commerce. The murals explore much of Deep Ellum’s musical history, with murals of blues greats, newer artists, and other local characters. The best way to explore the murals is to just wander up and down the street and find them! That’s just what we did….
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Map for DIY Walking tour of the Murals in Deep Ellum Dallas
Start with a mural of a Texas Flag named “Deep Texas” at the Stirr restaurant and club, you can find “Truelove Series: Akard & Elm 1938” a black and white mural here as well and a few others. Then walk east on Main Street, on Pryor Street till you find “Trust Love” a cute romantic mural where lots of proposals and photo shoots happen. At the end of Main street you will find the “Derealism Portrait” a must see and “Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown” another favorite which is located on 2633 Main street.
If all that walking got you hungry, within a few blocks you can find the best burgers in Dallas, Tex-Mex, Asian, Austin-style cafe’s, small bistros with a Texas twist… they got fine dining too!
Here are some suggestions from friends who followed this DIY walking tour of Deep Ellum Murals – start with cocktails at Hide, stop for a meal at Zatar, for some Lebanese Cuisine (try their signature dish Moujadara croquettes – lentils and caramelized onions with a perfectly crispy outside) and finish with alcohol infused pops at Picole Pops on Main street.
An Art walk in Dallas among the Deep Ellum Murals
My favorite was this one – Derealism by Matthew Brinston
“Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown” another favorite which is located on 2633 Main street
Heartbeats by Brett Dreyer
Another favorite – Trust Love by Jerod Davies
The mural project would not be complete without our Texas Flag (named Deep Texas which you will find at the STIRR club)
It was a fun day exploring Deep Ellum with my All Star Teen!
There were plenty of Instagram worthy doors that would delight a Blogger!
I hope you enjoyed the art walk among the murals in Deep Ellum, Dallas. You can take the bright yellow Dart train from the suburbs to the Deep Ellum station and enjoy the area. You can see more information about the murals, the artists and also see a virtual tour at 42 Murals’ website.
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