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A burst of murals at Camp North End

Tracy Russ talks about Camp North End's murals and its desire to include a broad array of artists. Find its project, and other murals, on the Observer's interactive map at www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture.
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Tracy Russ talks about Camp North End's murals and its desire to include a broad array of artists. Find its project, and other murals, on the Observer's interactive map at www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture.

Between cutting-edge-creative Camp North End putting in a dozen-plus, and the is-it-art-or-an-ad flap over a NoDa one, murals are making their big, bright mark on Charlotte even more prominent these days.

 

Want to seek out a swath of the work for yourself? Take this self-guided tour of recently made murals by some of Charlotte’s most prominent muralists/artists – and get some of the stories behind the paint. (We already plan to add to this – but share your favorites: Email living@charlotteobserver.com.) You can make the interactive bigger by going here.

Check out the map first – or you can jump to the stories on each artist, below. And for a longterm look, check out the Facebook page “Yay for Murals” that Charlotte theatrical lighting designer Hallie Gray has tended for more than five years. “I started it in 2011,” she writes. “At the time, I remember looking at a lot of old warehouses and the like that I thought could be improved by a mural, and I did not have the impression that we had a strong mural culture. It's definitely been a joy to find that either I was wrong or that a mural culture has been gaining steam in Charlotte.”

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