12 Walls

I know what you're thinking.

12 Walls.......really?...............WALLS?.....

This dude done lost his mind.

Au contraire!  My mind is perfectly sound on this Thursday morning.  I think you would be surprised about what you might find in these Charleston walls.

When I started thinking about this post, I first pictured walls like this one:

You will find walls like the one pictured above throughout Charleston.  Old brick, old stucco, covered in fig vine and confederate jasmine.  These walls have become one of Charleston's defining and are truly awesome and beautiful.

But for this post, I wanted to go a different route.  I looked for walls that have a more unique and unlikely beauty.  You might call these walls ugly ducklings...


Frankenstein Walls

I recently started using the term Frankenstein to describe these types of structures that have been patched together and are true expressions of strength and resiliency.  I have also started saying:

Dilapidation is beautiful.

This one uses steel strapping to hold it together.  You will also see 2 crack monitors halfway up on the left side.


I love the layering here.  There are endless compositions on this wall.


Ghost Signs

These old hand painted signs are all the rage right now.  I am seeing more and more of them being preserved and replenished.

You will be seeing more of this wall in the future.  I am working on a housing development on this site and this old wall will be incorporated into the design.  The ghost sign says 'CONSUMERS', and on the part that I cropped on the right side it says 'ICE CO'. 

This wall has been getting a lot of attention recently.  This old clothing store has been renovated into the new restaurant Four Ninety Two.

This ghost sign was recently replenished and is now the home of the Woolfe Street Playhouse.


The Wall as Canvas

A blank wall can be a wonderful canvas as shown in the ghost signs above.

And sometimes if a building sits vacant long enough, 'urban artists' will take over.  I walk by this building every day.  It wasn't until I took this picture that I realized how unique it was. You call that a blue tarp cornice.


A Mural Town

I think Charleston will soon be known for its wall murals.  I see more and more of them popping up.

1st Class Cuts

David Boatwright

This is one of the newer murals by Charleston's acclaimed muralist David Boatwright. Boatwright has taken Renoir's 'Luncheon of the Boating Party' and altered it to include the faces of some of Charleston's most famous Foodies.  I found this website that calls out who each person is. 

Guide to Boatwright's Queen Street Mural

Shepard Fairey

Charleston's most famous home grown artist would have to be the Street Artist Shepard Fairey.  Last year Fairey gifted Charleston several murals.  This one is located on the blank wall outside of Grouchos on King Street.  Each time I walk by I think that a helicopter or piano is going to smashing into the center of the wall.


Unlikely Art

The wall art shown above were conscious acts of will.  These two walls have become works of art by accident.

That beautiful lime green is actually algae.



See that wasn't so bad.  I'll make a wall-lover out of you in no time.  

Till Next Time,