Whether or not you appreciate the particular art piece, there’s no denying that street art in the form of murals adds something special to a city’s vibe. Seeing the often unexpected art on the sides of buildings is a nice break from concrete, metal, brick, etc. Over the past couple years, several new murals have been completed in Fargo-Moorhead. Here are some of the murals in the area that we’re glad to have as public art in our community.
1001 NP Ave N, Fargo
Chris Dyer’s Skateful Dead Bears mural is brilliant. Completed in August 2015, this mural is one of the newer ones in the Fargo-Moorhead area. You don’t have to be into skating or Grateful Dead to be intrigued by this piece.
Prairie Rose Lofts
506 Roberts St N, Fargo
North Dakota’s state flower, the Wild Prairie Rose, is painted on the Prairie Rose Lofts building in Downtown Fargo. The artist, Steve Knutson, has created several pieces of art that celebrate North Dakota.
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503 7th St N, Fargo
The Meadowlark, North Dakota’s state bird, is another painting by Steve Knutson. The Meadowlarks are painted on the side of what is called the Meadowlark building, an office building located in downtown Fargo near the Prairie Rose Lofts, where the Prairie Rose mural is painted. There are two birds painted on the building, one on the east side and one on the west side.
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20 6th St S, Moorhead
Completed summer 2016, this mural depicts the Moorhead, MN zip code, 56560.
SUNNY BROOK WHISKEY / THE COWBOY
320 5th St N, Fargo
This mural showing a cowboy and a bottle of Sunny Brook whiskey is one of the older ones in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The painting was originally done in 1949 by Charles Selberg, an artist originally from Grand Forks who went on to do many impressive things with his life. The painting was whitewashed shortly after its completion by a group against the consumption of alcohol. In 2003, E. Chandler O’Leary, an artist originally from the Fargo-Moorhead area, restored the painting.
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Corner of 7th Ave N on Roberts St, Fargo
This peacock mural has become so iconic in Fargo, it seems like it’s been around much longer than it actually has. Painted by Paul Ide in 2010, the mural adds a wonderful vibrant pop of color to Roberts Street!
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300 Broadway N, Fargo
Another very North Dakota-esque painting, this mural is a nod to the prairie heritage that many in the Fargo-Moorhead community relate to. According to the artist, Paul Ide, he used the imperfections of the surface as design elements, and that makes the mural even more beautiful.
8th St between Main Ave & 1st Ave S, Fargo
Alley at the end of block where Moler Barber building is located.
There’s so much to appreciate about this mural. First of all…penguins. Who doesn’t love penguins? Especially penguins that are hang gliding, fishing and using floaties. This painting was done by Paul Ide in 2011 as part of ‘Hip Hop Don’t Stop,’ an event that happened annually in Fargo from 2009 to 2011 and featured aerosol art creation.
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508 Oak St N, Fargo
Another spray-painted piece done by Paul Ide, the 508 Oak mural is eccentric and definitely grabs your attention if you are passing by. Completed in 2015, the piece features a sheep, a zombie, squirrels, birds, an aardvark and quite a few other things.
“I like unusual things and unusual properties,” said Scott Nelson, who owns the site. He’s been working on a concept for a retail space just outside the main strip of downtown. As Oak Street is a dead end and well-shaded, he wanted something visitors wouldn’t miss. http://www.inforum.com/variety/3818955-spray-gray-away-painter-brings-color-old-fence-property #Fargo
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MOORHEAD – JUNKYARD
Junkyard Brewing Company
1416 1st Ave N, Moorhead
Created by artist Mandel Mertz, this mural on the exterior of Junkyard Brewing Company represents some of Moorhead’s history. The Hjmekomst Viking Ship, a catfish and various other elements are featured in the mural.
1st Ave N between 4th St and 5th St, Fargo
In 2015, the alley of The Forum building was designated as a legal street art wall. The art on that wall changes frequently, so it’s fun to walk by it every so often and see what’s new.
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