Art appreciation

Burlington Mural Tour: Art Appreciation – Free! — in the Queen City | Visual Arts | Seven days

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Burlington is a city full of art, artists and an abundance of murals. If you’re like our family, you’re always looking for fun, inexpensive weekend activities. Why not choose a B-town neighborhood and explore some impressive street art on foot?

On a Saturday in March, we came up with an easily walkable route that started in our Old North End neighborhood and took us to some lesser-known murals and then some downtown favorites. And since food is an essential part of any successful family outing, the route has plenty of possible stops to refresh yourself along the way.

Start at ONE, at the corner of Intervale Avenue and Archibald Street. The first three murals are part of a community collaboration between more than 50 neighborhood children, many of them from the Academy of Integrated Arts at HO Wheeler and the Boys and Girls Club of Burlingtonand local artists Mary Lacy and Sloan Collins. They were made possible by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, launched in 2016, which provides thousands of dollars to artists in Burlington each year.

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the Parking mural (at the corner of Intervale Avenue and Archibald Street) features black and white portraits of neighborhood children.

Walk south on Intervale Avenue, then west on North Street until you come to the Corner mural (corner of North and du Parc streets). It wraps around the building and features geometric shapes and two other portraits. If you need fuel, Nunyuns Bakery and Cafe (139 N. Champlain St.) offers delicious pastries and light fare for breakfast and dinner.

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Head just another block west, towards the lake, and look left. You will find the final Wall Portrait on the side of the old Ray’s Seafood building (at the corner of North and Front streets).

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Head south on Front Street, through Battery Park and down Battery Street, stopping to take in the great lake views. At the intersection of College Street, Burlington Bay Market and Cafe serves coffee, snacks and delicious creams when it’s hot!

Walk up College Street to St. Paul Street. This is where you will find the Hummingbird mural , painted as a mosaic of geometric shapes in pinks, purples, greens and blues. It was commissioned by American flatbread and painted by Mary Lacy, who uses a bucket truck with a 32-foot boom to do her job.

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Then head down Church Street and check out the You are loved Mural on Cherry Street, across from Ben & Jerry’s. Commissioned by the Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office and painted by Boston artist Alex Cook, it is part of a nationwide series of 28 murals designed to raise awareness of human trafficking. There’s no shortage of dining options in Church Street Market. We like Uncommon lands (42 Church St.) for hot chocolate when it’s cold outside and freshly squeezed lemonade when the sun is shining.

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Turn right at the top of Church Street and walk one block to North Winooski Avenue. Head north on North Winooski for three blocks, until you come to the Muhammad Ali and the traditional wall paintings of Akwaaba and on the sides of Mawuhi African Market (160 N. Winooski Avenue). When the building owners asked him to paint the side of the building, in Venice, California, artist Jules Muck chose Ali as his subject because he had just passed away. Little did she know that the store owner’s son, Patience Bannerman, had met Ali as a young boy on a flight from Tennessee to New York. The Akwaaba mural depicts an African woman in traditional dress framed by West African welcome symbols (“Akwaaba” means “welcome” to Ghana). It was painted by members of the Burlington-based Collective anthilla group of local artists based on Pine Street, who work primarily in spray paint and are affiliated with a global mural initiative called Beautify the Earth.

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Proceed north on North Winooski Avenue to Decatur Street. If you’ve saved your appetite for the end of the tour, stop by Neighborhood bakery (197 N. Winooski Ave.) for a latte and muffin before heading down Decatur Street. Turn right on Intervale Avenue and you’ve completed your loop!

Interested in seeing more Burlington murals? Find Anthill Collective’s Google Maps tour of their work at anthillcollective.com.
For more art in public places, visit burlingtoncityarts.org/art-public-places.