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Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti

Rochester has a vibrant street art culture, with dozens of murals, graffiti, and other forms of public art on display throughout the region. The art is diverse and includes commissioned works by professional artists and pieces created by community members. These murals capture historical moments and current social and political issues. Areas mentioned here offer a high concentration of wall art, but keep an eye out for pops of color as you explore the region’s cities, villages, and back roads through the countryside.

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Locations With Concentrated Street Art

The areas mentioned here offer a high concentration of wall art, but as you enjoy day trips, look for pops of color in the cities, along the canal, and throughout the countryside.

WALL\THERAPY is an organization that advocates for local and international artists, hosting periodic festivals to create new art around Rochester. For a map of the art produced for these events, visit wall-therapy.com.

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Cobbs Hill Water Tower
Cobbs Hill Water Tower Justin Suarez
Justin Suarez / AEROSOL KINGDOM

Washington Grove & Cobb’s Hill Water Towers

The water towers in Washington Grove serve as a rotating exhibit for graffiti art. Often you’ll find artists creating new pieces and practicing their techniques for more significant projects. There are several places to enter the grove, but the most common is on the east side of the reservoir. Look for the trailhead near the northeast part of the tree line. After walking down a steep hill, look to the left to see the water towers behind the trees. Follow the trail east of (or to the right of) the towers to head up the hill. There are also trailheads behind Tay House Lodge on Hillside Avenue and at the dead end of Nunda Boulevard. Reservoir Road

Cobbs Hill + Washington Grove

The peaceful view from Cobbs Hill, along with the friendly people walking and taking it all in, make it a unique Rochester experience.

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Martin Luther King Jr Park mural
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park wall art
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park wall art

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

Experience the beauty of a city waterfall surrounded by vibrant walls adorned with portraits of Rochester artists Moses Rockwell, Danielle Ponder, and Mikaela Davis. 353 Court Street

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

Next to The Strong National Museum of Play, the five-acre Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park hosts various annual events.

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South Wedge Neighborhood

Start exploring near Gregory Street, where you’ll find some hidden gems tucked behind and between boutiques, bars, and restaurants.

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City of Rochester Public Market

Keep your eyes open as you shop—art can be found all around.

Rochester Public Market

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El Camino Trail
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El Camino Trail Wall Therapy wall art lucha
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El Camino Trail

You’ll find exquisite art created in 2013 on the north end of the El Camino trail close to East Ridge Road.

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Atlantic Ave

Atlantic Avenue & Greenleaf Street

Near the intersection with Atlantic Avenue, you will find several garage bay doors and industrial walls adorned with strikingly vibrant murals.

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Fedder

Fedder Industrial Park

Several murals are viewable from Palmer Street, but to view the art on the tower facing East Main Street, you will need to park in the lot.

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Under Broad Street

Abandoned Aqueduct and Subway

Urban explorers may be drawn to the aqueduct, but it is closed to the public and unsafe to enter. Observing the tunnel from the viewing platform behind Blue Cross Arena is a better option. Plans are currently in motion to remove the bridge deck and second level of arches to transform the original aqueduct into a community space.

Erie Canal Aqueduct & Subway: Rochester’s Transportation Heritage

Before the canal coursed through Genesee Valley Park, it flowed through the city using the Erie Canal aqueduct to cross the river.

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Newark
Newark

Erie Canal

Mural Mania boasts the longest mural trail in the world, with nearly 30 murals stretching 85 miles along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Lyons and Newark are home to the greatest concentration of these stunning wall art pieces.

Mount Morris
Leicester
Leicester

LivCo Murals

Coordinators for this countywide public art project invited regional and international artists to paint highly visible walls in the nine villages, including Avon, Geneseo, and Mount Morris. Each village offers unique places to eat and shop, making it inviting to plan a day trip to see each mural.

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Joywave Album Cover
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Arnett Library
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Rochester-Area Artists

As you can imagine, many of these muralists are also tattoo and fine artists. Follow them on Instagram to see collections of exquisite creations.

 

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Which street art pieces are your favorites?

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Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

12 thoughts on “Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti”

  1. There is one on Main St that I love. “They tried to bury us, but didn’t know we were seeds.” Next to Minq Lounge

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  2. @enjoy canvas, I’m thrilled you stumbled upon us! I hope you’re able to find some new places to check out around Rochester. I love being able to share new and hopefully inspiring ideas.

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