The Wynwood Walls has become a major art statement that gives the graffiti and street art movement more attention and respect. Conceived by the late Tony Goldman, renowned community revitalizer, the Wynwood Walls program was created in 2009 and has since brought the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street are genre to Miami.
The Wynwood Walls program was created not only to bring the graffiti and street are movement into the community but also as a way to revitalize the warehouse district of Wynwood. Goldman saw the large stock of warehouse buildings as giant canvases to showcase "the greatest street are ever seen in one place." Starting with only six buildings, creating a center in which people in the community could go and explore, this initiative expanded into the Wynwood Doors (adjacent to the Wynwood Walls complex). Wynwood Doors was created out of a space that was formerly a dump transformed into a park with boulders and beautiful trees. Goldman also installed metal roll-down gates to create more canvases for the artists.
Since the start of the program in 2009, Wynwood Walls has seen over 50 artists including, Shepard Fairey, Lady Pink and Aiko, representing 16 countries and have covered over 80,000 square feet of walls. This attraction has become a must see international destination. The Wynwood Walls is still expanding its breadth and introducing new artists that have never exhibited in the U.S. exposing the public to something that the community can enjoy and be apart of.