Coney Island Art Walls

Imagine an outdoor museum of street art, open and free to visitors. That is exactly what the creators of the Coney Island Art Walls at Brooklyn’s Coney Island have envisioned. For the second year, an otherwise empty concrete lot has been transformed into a host for a variety of murals. Many of the murals draw inspiration from Coney Island-related themes, such as carnival side shows, amusement parks, and mermaids, but there are many other themes as well.

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Each mural has special lighting for evening viewing, and, similar to a traditional museum, each mural has a name plate identifying the artist. For those who don’t regularly follow street artists, the name plates are especially nice, as many street artists do not sign their work.

Here are some photos of my favorite murals from this year’s Coney Island Art Walls.

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Artist: Aiko
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Artist: Nina Chanel Abney
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Artist: The London Police
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Close-up of mural detail by The London Police
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Artist: D*Face
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Artist: Triston Eaton
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Artist: eL SEED
Artist: Marie Roberts
Artist: Marie Roberts
Artist: Gaia
Artist: Gaia
Part of large mural by Tats Cru
Part of large mural by Tats Cru
Part of large mural by Tats Cru
Part of large mural by Tats Cru

There are a couple of really interesting 3-dimensional works.

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Artist: John Ahearn
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Close-up of details of mural by John Ahearn
Artist: Stephen Powers
Artist: Stephen Powers
Close-up of detail from mural by Stephen Powers
Close-up of detail from mural by Stephen Powers

There’s even this poem by Jessica Diamond:

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Coney Island Art Walls offers more than street art – there’s also a “food court” of sorts, with several dining options. Each vendor is set up in a converted shipping container, and there is plenty of seating available.

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For those who want to revisit their childhood, the Coney Island Art Walls is also host to the open-air Dreamland Roller Rink, which holds two open skating sessions on Sundays (4-7 pm, and 7-10 pm). The theme is roller disco, and skaters are encouraged to dress in clothing from the 70’s and 80’s. Imagine roller skating in the shadows of great street art! As you can tell from the photos above, there’s plenty of other activities nearby as well, including amusement parks and the beach.

To get to the Coney Island Art Walls, take the D, F, N, or Q trains to the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station. (While you’re at the station, take a look at the art onsite, which I’ve previously written about here.) Walk down Stillwell Avenue past Nathan’s Hot Dogs towards the beach. You will spot the Coney Island Art Walls after you’ve walked about a block.

26 thoughts on “Coney Island Art Walls

    1. I loved the diversity of these murals as well – part of me is sad when I see artists paint over their old murals, but they seem to take it for granted that their art will be temporary. It’s exciting to see what comes next.

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    1. Thank you! There’s a lot of great street art throughout Brooklyn, as well as in other boroughs. I think the neighborhood the art is in creates a different atmosphere for each area, and leads to art that is different from location to location.

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