Murals are an important and often overlooked part of community art that does a lot to create vibrant neighborhoods that encourage us to slow down, take in our surroundings and (as all good art does) facilitate conversations about big ideas.
With all the other draws of Palm Springs life, some may not realize that the city has a wealth of famous murals drawn all over its walls, bringing the city to life in an energetic way.
While there are too many to name here, we’ve created a list of six Palm Springs murals to visit while taking a stroll through this city’s already scenic streets.
Los Angeles based artist Christina Angelina created this influential Central Palm Springs mural back in 2013, and the effects it’s had on the local mural scene can’t be overstated.
Depicting two women in war paint holding a giant snake, the piece works with the architecture of the buildings it’s situated on while creating a striking statement by choosing to only use color for the snake and the paint on the women’s faces.
Appealing to younger influences in a way that other murals hadn’t up to that point, Christina Angelina opened the door for a renaissance of new murals that started popping up all over the city.
One of the most famous (and Instagrammed) murals in recent memory has been Colette Miller’s Los Angeles wings which she created in 2012 and has since brought and repurposed to cities all across the United States, one stop being Palm Springs.
These famous wings can be seen on the side of The Rowan hotel, and have been specifically created with a rainbow palette to commemorate Palm Springs’ quintessential gay community.
Another classic Central Palm Springs piece,this 15 x 15 foot mural of Marilyn Monroe with a crown of flowers was created by artist Curry Mendes.
Perfectly serving to tie the city’s past connection to celebrities such as Marilyn to the present and the future with modern surrealism and art form, this piece is a perfect representation of the Palm Springs aesthetic.
Dating back to 1998, this classic mural sits in the neighborhood of Desert Highland Gateway Estates and is the work of Richard Wyatt, Jr., an accomplished muralist who has received numerous commissions for works in cities all over the country for over 30 years.
This beautiful piece ties community with sport, so it’s no wonder it can be seen on the side of the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, where residents go to connect through the power of competition and team play.
Created as a collaboration between Hawaii based artist Sofia Enriquez and students of the Palm Springs Art Museum northeast of the Historic Tennis Club district, this striking mural took a week to make, and serves as a conversation piece between the matriarchal figures of the artists life and the paisley patterns on the dresses they wore, serving to create a sense of comfort in the viewer.
Famous collaborators James Haunt & Zes MSK worked to create this stunning, colorful piece in Chino Canyon of a woman wearing sunglasses that not only demands the viewer's attention but also seems to change depending on their position.
Perfectly capturing a sense of the paradisiacal Palm Springs weather on an eye-catching color palette, this mural is a must-see for lovers of the art form.