Got cabin fever? Check out 12 larger-than-life murals around town

Written by 

Need a change of scenery? Birmingham artists have you covered — the murals they’ve painted all over town provide plenty of colors, patterns, structures and figures to inspect, both in-person or online.

Whether they’re on UAB’s campus, along downtown’s historic Morris Avenue or in the bustling northeast Birmingham neighborhood of Avondale, these 12 murals are the perfect colorful distraction.

  • 50thanniv   Widget 1
  • 50thanniv   Widget 2
  • 50thanniv   Widget 1
  • 50thanniv   Widget 2

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

Painted on the southern wall of the Wells Fargo bank at 18th Street South and Fourth Avenue, the six-foot-tall, 34-foot-wide mural features Martin Luther King Jr., the children killed during the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and civil rights activist Rev. Frederick Lee "Fred" Shuttlesworth.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Avondale Wings   Widget 1
  • Avondale Wings   Widget 2
  • Avondale Wings   Widget 1
  • Avondale Wings   Widget 2

“Angel Wings”

Painted by artist Marcus Fetch, “Angels Wings” is painted on the north exterior wall of the building next to Avondale eatery Melt. It features a large set of wings with which adults can pose and a smaller set to the left for children or someone seated.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Avondale Mural   Widget 1
  • Avondale Mural   Widget 2
  • Avondale Mural   Widget 1
  • Avondale Mural   Widget 2

“It’s Awesome to Have You in Avondale”

This mural, created by Robert Clifton with Birmingham digital agency platypi, is painted on the north exterior wall of Avondale Brewing Co. in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Spring Street Mural   Widget 1

“Know Your History”

Painted by Tim Kerr, the “Know Your History” mural on the north exterior wall of community center Spring Street Firehouse in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood features Birmingham icons Fred Shuttlesworth, civil rights activist; Sun Ra, American jazz composer; Angela Davis, political activist and author; and Spider Martin, civil rights photographer.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations


  • Good People Mural   Widget 1
  • Good People Mural   Widget 2
  • Good People Mural   Widget 1
  • Good People Mural   Widget 2

“Mural of Hope”

Emblazoned with the words “With every fall comes spring,” this mural on the southern exterior wall of Good People Brewing Co. downtown was created by artists Marcus Fetch and Sean Gilder through RedPath Creative in support of the Hope for Autumn Foundation, which raises awareness and money for families battling childhood cancer and for cancer research.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Rainbow Wall Mural   Widget 1
  • Rainbow Wall Mural   Widget 2
  • Rainbow Wall Mural   Widget 3
  • Rainbow Wall Mural   Widget 1
  • Rainbow Wall Mural   Widget 2
  • Rainbow Wall Mural   Widget 3

Rainbow Wall

This colorful mural is 500 feet long and was painted by dozens of volunteers near the railroad tracks off Morris Avenue between 20th and 22nd streets north.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • What You Do Mural   Widget 1

Robot mural

Located on the eastern side of a condominium building on downtown’s Morris Avenue, this mural of a tall robot with a monkey friend was painted by Birmingham artist John Lytle Wilson.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 1
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 2
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 3
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 4
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 5
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 1
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 2
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 3
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 4
  • Rotary Mural Building   Widget 5

Rotary Trail murals

Covering an entire building at First Avenue South and 23rd Street along downtown’s Rotary Trail, this Birmingham-themed mural was created by various Birmingham artists including Andy Jordan, Catriona Hegarty, Jon Osborne, Ahmad Austin and J. Chanel.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Southside Apt Co   Widget 1
  • Southside Apt Co   Widget 2
  • Southside Apt Co   Widget 1
  • Southside Apt Co   Widget 2

Rainbow building mural

This vibrant mural, painted along an exterior wall of Southside Apartment Co. at Sixth Avenue South and 32nd Street, was created by Marcus Fetch.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Walkway Mural   Widget 1
  • Walkway Mural   Widget 2
  • Walkway Mural   Widget 3
  • Walkway Mural   Widget 1
  • Walkway Mural   Widget 2
  • Walkway Mural   Widget 3

UAB’s 50th-anniversary mural

The green and gold flora-inspired mural, commissioned by UAB for its 50th anniversary in 2019 and designed and created by students, is painted inside the pedestrian bridge over University Boulevard at 13th Street South.
LEXI COON / University Relations

  • What You Do Mural   Widget 1
  • What You Do Mural   Widget 2
  • What You Do Mural   Widget 1
  • What You Do Mural   Widget 2

“What You Do Matters”

Created through Blank Space Bham, the “What You Do Matters” mural on the southern exterior wall of Avondale’s Sozo Trading Co. at First Avenue South and 41st Street was painted by Meghan McCollum, Levi Levinson, Jordan Thompson and Lydia Walker.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

  • Whats Up Bhm   Widget 1

“#What’s Up BHM?”

Painted on the eastern exterior wall of University Place Apartments on 18th Street South on the edge of UAB’s campus, this mural was created by Paul Cordes Wilm and depicts the Rotary Trail sign, the downtown Birmingham skyline and Vulcan.
ANDREA MABRY / University Relations


Use this specialized Google Map, created by the UAB Reporter, to find murals closest to you or to plot the path of your next outdoor walk.


Read more:

Sculptor designs, builds ‘interactive contraptions’ from everyday materials to simulate human connections

Sculptor designs, builds ‘interactive contraptions’ from everyday materials to simulate human connections

Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway combined silicone molds of her own body with doorstops, rubber bands, an old record player and more to create prosthetic devices that mimic physical connections in these days of social distancing.

Read more

Discover 11 outdoor oases hiding in plain sight

Discover 11 outdoor oases hiding in plain sight

It’s easy to think the only jungle around campus is the concrete kind. But you can find a little-known green space closest to where you work, live and play using this Google Map we created just for you.

Read more

3 walking trails show off UAB’s outdoor public art collection

3 walking trails show off UAB’s outdoor public art collection

UAB’s campus is home to more than 35 statues or sculptures, and each trail takes about 30 minutes or fewer to walk. Explore each on a custom Google Map.

Read more