A look at 10 unique, must-see murals in Mobile, Alabama [PHOTOS]

Photo Of Mural Outside Toomey'S Mardi Gras
Toomey’s Mural in Mobile, AL. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.

Mobile may be known for being the one true home of Mardi Gras and wildly unpredictable weather, but did you know that Alabama’s Port City is also known for its artistic flair? Mainly, in the form of murals that line the city’s streets.

One hardly has to walk a city block to find a new batch of street art lining local shops and restaurants. We’ve rounded up some of the must-see murals in Mobile for your next trip to the Port City!

1. Delta Bike Project

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Delta Bike Project mural in downtown Mobile. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 561 St. Francis St.

Delta Bike Project, alongside other downtown Mobile businesses, commissioned this piece in 2014. It features iconic Mobile landmarks: the USS Alabama, Mobile city skyline, marine life, the cruise terminal, and more!

It took a team of around 20 street artists, led by Kathy Friedline, just less than a month to complete the piece. It still stands today, seven years later, as a testament to all things Port City.

2. Heart of Mobile

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The Heart of Mobile! Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 9 S. Joachim St.

In the busiest part of downtown, this mural by JRB2 adds a pop of color to the bustling city. The Heart of Mobile is arguably the most popular mural downtown—in fact, it even has its own website to help tourists find the landmark.

3. The Souls of Mobile

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The Souls of Mobile mural on the side of Hayley’s bar downtown. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: Corner of Dauphin and Jackson St.

Mobile has heart and soul! This Van-Gough inspired mural was painted on the side of Hayley’s Bar by street artist Ginger Woechan. Inspiration for the piece came from the phrase “love and light” painted alongside Woechan’s signature on the mural.

The mural is an ode to downtown specifically, featuring prominent buildings in the area like Soul Kitchen, a live music venue, and the Retirement Services of Alabama (RSA) building that defines Mobile’s skyline.

4. Greer’s Downtown

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Greer’s downtown mural. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 851 Government St.

Even grocery shopping is full of art in Mobile! Founded in 1918, Greer’s was an innovative grocery store for its time, advertising lower-than-the-rest prices in a time where grocery prices were hardly advertised at all.

This mural covers the front and street-side portions of the building as an homage to founding of Greer’s and the City of Mobile in 1918.

5. Prince, Michael Jackson, and more!

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The living art mural on Dauphin Street. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 401 Dauphin St.

Four local street artists turned this unused, boarded-up building into a living art installation. DeAnthony Dulaney, Noelle Goodson, Stallworth and Conz8000 each contribute to the mural during their spare time.

The images feature pop culture icons and politicized statements. The mural was defaced in 2016, with a vandal covering Black Lives Matter slogans and defacing the art. It was publicly restored and stays updated with different iconic figures added to the piece from time-to-time.

6. Dauphin Street Blues Company

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Dauphin Street Blues Company mural. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 568 Dauphin St

The mural on the Dauphin Street Blues Company is, well…blue! Painted in 2014 by artist Harlan Toole, the mural is an abstract look at Dauphin Street, as if through the blue-tinted lenses of a forlorn blues player.

7. Toomey’s

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Toomey’s all-things-Mardi-Gras mural. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz

Known as THE Mardi Gras supply store, Toomey’s commissioned a mural from artist E. Allen Warren in 2013. It features the city skyline, a Mardi Gras King and Queen, parade-goers, and a banner with the phrase “get your party started.”

Toomey’s mural is truly a representation of Mardi Gras and brightens up an otherwise busy area of Midtown.

8. Penelope’s Closet

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The gifted mural on the side of Penelope’s Closet, which benefits local domestic violence shelters. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 2907 Old Shell Rd.

Painted as a gift by E. Allen Warren, the pink-and-purple mural covers the entirety of the thrift store, Penelope’s Closet. The shop is a non-profit, with all proceeds going directly to Penelope House, a local women and children’s shelter for victims of domestic violence.

The mural features a purple ribbon, the color of domestic violence awareness. Also present is a mother holding her baby with the quote “know the signs, know your worth.”

9. LoDa Bier Garten

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LoDa Bier Garten mural downtown. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 251 Dauphin St

LoDa, or Lower Dauphin, refers to the art district on Dauphin Street. It’s only fitting that the LoDa Bier Garten have an out-of-this-world mural! In 2013, a visiting artist, Joe Hobbs, painted the wraparound scene that reads like a grown-up, edgier Lisa Frank notebook.

10. Mobile’s Natural Beauty

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Festival of Flowers mural, called “Mobile’s Natural Beauty.” Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.
Location: 4851 Museum Dr

Most of Mobile’s murals are a way of prettying-up an otherwise utilitarian building. This is no exception! Called “Mobile’s Natural Beauty” the piece is actually the entrance to a recycling center for Mobilians.

It started off as a temporary installation for Mobile’s yearly Festival of Flowers in 2019, painted by a group of local teens led by Riley Brenes. After the festival was over, the mural was expanded to become the cover for the recycling compactor, showing the beauty of what we can save when we recycle.

There’s no shortage of murals in Mobile! Wherever you go in the Port City, her art and culture will follow.

What’s your favorite mural in Mobile? Tag us @thebamabuzz to let us know!

Liv George
Liv George

A Georgia native soaking up the sun on the Gulf Coast. Lover of Mardi Gras, beach days, and historical sites.

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