State Street Mural Project

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The Downtown Street Art and Mural Project formed on May 31, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin following local peaceful protests against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Civil demonstration in Madison — part of a global cascade of public protest in support of Black Lives — was followed by social unrest resulting in property damage to State Street businesses.

Cities across the nation sustained similar acts of vandalism in May and June, the motivations for which are interpreted variously as inexorable acts of impassioned disobedience over racialized economic oppression, a sign of lawlessness attendant to popular uprising, and anticapitalist dissent.

As owners shuttered their damaged storefronts with plywood on Madison’s signature pedestrian thoroughfare — Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, along with the president of the Madison Common Council, authorized Madison Arts Program Administrator, Karin Wolf, to develop a response.

Funded by Arts in Public Places Looking Forward, the Downtown Street Art and Mural Project is part of an Artist Relief initiative that was established to support artists who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritizes artists of color affected by racial violence and injustice. Artists created 70 commissioned murals conveying urgent demands for change and inspiring community dialogue.

Explore the State Street Mural Project in 360°

PBS Wisconsin documented the murals and street art along the 100 to 400 blocks of State Street — and the cross streets of Fairchild and Henry Streets — using a 360° camera. These come together in a virtual gallery to showcase the extraordinary talents of the artists and share their stirring, evocative calls for justice with a wide audience.

We hope digital preservation of this important piece of Wisconsin’s protest history (and present) calls attention to local BIPOC visual voices. We further hope it engages viewers in thoughtful discussion about the role of public art as a form of resistance, as well as in nuanced debate over how a society should situate the value of human dignity relative to the value of property.

To explore the virtual gallery, click the window above and use the click-and-drag feature of your mouse or trackpad to move around the 360° environment. Clicking on the color-coded circles defined by the legend allows the user to view the artwork on either side of the block, navigate to a new block, and learn more about the artists.

Please return to this page soon for individual artist statements and a new virtual gallery featuring the murals and street art erected on the 500 and 600 blocks of State Street.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Mural in header photo by artists Amira Caire (@amiradescent) and Danielle Mielke (@dmielkz)

Photos / Hedi LaMarr Photography and PBS Wisconsin

The State Street Mural Project and other PBS Wisconsin augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) work are supported by a gift from Steven Vedro and Beverly Gordon.

Artist Name Instagram Website Mural Description State Street Block # Link to 360° Experience
Audifax @audifaxart Audifax Colorful Portait of Strong Lady (on SEE storefront) 400 View Now
J. Michael @jjaysgallery -- Bob Marley 400 View Now
Full Human Spectrum @fullhumanspectrum -- Bob Marley 400 View Now
J. Michael @jjaysgallery -- Lady Justice 400 View Now
J. Michael @jjaysgallery -- "the whole world is watching" big, yellow. 400 View Now
Dane Arts Mural Arts @daneartsmuralarts Link the Obamas 400 View Now
Anwar Floyd-Pruitt @anwarfp Link BLM Crime scene tape 400 View Now
Liubov Szwako @triangulador Link "Love" 400 View Now
Liubov Szwako @triangulador Link "Understanding" 400 View Now
Liubov Szwako @triangulador Link "Unity" 400 View Now
Ellie Caplan @createdbycaplan -- Peace and love lady with glasses 400 View Now
FORNOW @fornowgonforever -- Large Tag on corner Liquor store 400 View Now
Liubov Szwako @triangulador Link GROW Mural on Tutto Pasta 300 View Now
Mike Lory @mike_lroy Link GROW Mural on Tutto Pasta 300 View Now
Terrence Adeyanju @iampeeld Link Infinite Poster 300 View Now
Stefan @stefanmatioc Link Ru Yi hand pulled noodles, abrstract coninuous line work 300 View Now
Sweet Sorrel @ohsweetsorrel Link "protect black women" mural 300 View Now
Ellie Caplan @createdbycaplan -- power nine games mural 300 View Now
Akash @iridhan_skky -- power nine games mural 300 View Now
Sapphina and Zaria -- -- power lady 300 View Now
Sapphina and Zaria -- -- "Stand for change" 300 View Now
Sapphina and Zaria -- -- on the soap opera store 300 View Now
Jan Lin @janlin_art -- hot air ballons Henry St. View Now
Sweet Sorrel @ohsweetsorrel Link "we know what's best for us" Henry St. View Now
Jerry Jordan @purplehood2 Link "pressure" Henry St. View Now
Sharon L. Bjyrd @bohemianblackart Link "power" Henry St. View Now
Sharon L. Bjyrd @bohemianblackart Link "power" Henry St. View Now
La Follette High School and Friends -- -- -- Henry St. View Now
IATSE Local 251 -- Link "Rise Up!" Henry St. View Now
Bree_o_o @bree_o_o -- -- Henry St. View Now
8:46 -- -- "526 Missed Oppertunities" Henry St. View Now
Philip Salamone @philipsalamone Link Jesus mural 200/Henry St. View Now
Jan Lin @janlin_art -- Buddah Mural 200 View Now
Richie Morales @richiemoguez -- "United Hearts of America" 200 View Now
Salt Rock Tattoo @saltrockart -- "stop the silence, stop the violence" 200 View Now
Odalo Wasikhogo -- Link Isamuel17 200 View Now
Comfort Wasikhongo -- Link GF portrait "BLM" 200 View Now
Terrence Adeyanju @iampeeld Link many heads 200 View Now
Lilada Gee @liladasart Link defend black girls 200 View Now
Daniella Echeverria @daniella_inthegarden Link silence is violence 200 View Now
americantrashcorp @americantrashcorp Link dripping lyrics 200 View Now
Anwar Floyd- Pruitt @anwarfp Link Fedrick Douglass quote 200 View Now
Lilada Gee @liladasart Link Black Girl Magic 200 View Now
Kenechi Unachukwu @kenechi.una Link Photos of May 30th Fairchild st. View Now
Kiyem Obuseh @kiyem_k.o -- BLM Fairchild st. View Now
Shiloah Symone @blckslimshady -- portrait Fairchild st. View Now
DrumPower -- Link Black Power with DrumPower logo Fairchild st. View Now
Amira Caire @amiradescent -- 3 women portrait Fairchild st. View Now
Danielle Mielke @dmielkz -- 3 women portrait Fairchild st. View Now
nixart____ @nixart -- "Trans Lives are Black Lives Too" Fairchild st. View Now
Taj Matumbi @matumbi_studio -- "BoxCar Bust" Fairchild st. View Now
N/A -- -- "All we want is Justice and Peace…" Fairchild st. View Now
N/A -- -- "All we want is Justice and Peace…" Fairchild st. View Now
Anthony Catteruccia @_kidtonytattoos -- "black is beautiful" Fairchild st. View Now
Keysha Monique Mabra @luego_dreamer -- massive collauge Fairchild st. View Now
Sirena Flores @sirenatheflower -- Tony Robinson 100 View Now
Lilada Gee @liladasart Link defending Black girlhood 100 View Now
valendiceee @valendiceee -- Black girl changing appearance 100 View Now
Charlotte Bizone -- -- clasped hands and heart 100 View Now
Poisoned Huny @poisoned.huny -- fist with roses 100 View Now
Ssince93bk @poisoned.huny -- abstract brown and yellow art 100 View Now
Rodney Lambright II -- Link "the importance of Black lives isn't a debate" 100 View Now
Megan Smith @megsmithworks Link untitled 100 View Now
Rob Dz @robdzatu -- "we're open" 100 View Now
T.L. Luke @tl.luke Link "we're open" 100 View Now
Anthony Catteruccia @_kidtonytattoos -- Massive mural Top of 100 block View Now
Lincoln Rust @lincolnrusttattoos -- Massive mural Top of 100 block View Now