If you’ve ever been downtown to the Crossroads, you know it’s called an Arts District for a reason.
Maybe you’ve seen the galleries open on First Fridays. Maybe you’ve noticed the big murals dedicated to the Chiefs or Sporting KC. But off the beaten path, there are other pieces (big and small) worth noticing.
Here are five pieces of artwork worth seeking out:
Hemingway Building, 103 W. 19 St., KCMO | 🎨 by @lookatart
Artist Jake Merten creates art in the style of anime (a style of Japanese animation), including this portrait of Ernest Hemingway (note the mustache). This building was named after the famous writer, who worked for the Kansas City Star out of this office space.
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South side of Hemingway Building in the alley | 🎨 by @visualgoodies_aws
The piece represents a mother, and everything inside her head is what a mother carries with her. The artist is influenced by Egyptian symbolism + has an Afro-futuristic style. See the original concept.
Art Alley No. 2
Between Wyandotte Street + Baltimore Avenue, from the Hemingway Building to 17th Street | 🎨 by various artists
Maybe you’ve heard of Art Alley in the Crossroads, but have you heard of the other one? We’re not sure if there’s a specific name for it, but head north from the west side of the Hemingway Building, and you’ll find yourself immersed (literally from the ground up) in colors and shapes of all kinds.
Art Alley No. 2 | 🎨 by @hevanpaints
Although this artist is no longer with us, you may know him for his incredible portraiture, including another piece — a depiction of Marilyn Monroe.
Back of Outreach Event Space, 112 W 18th St., KCMO | 🎨 by @zulupainter1
See more murals with SpraySeeMo’s interactive map.
Special thanks to Kansas City Urban Hikes for the tour. Here’s where to book one.