Lexington, Kentucky may be best known for bourbon and betting on the horses, but it’s fast gaining a reputation as a magnate for some of the world’s most talented street artists. PRHBTN, which hosts an annual mural festival, is transforming this hip Southern city into one super-sized, graffiti-covered canvas. You’ll find a map of their locations here. Or, just kick back in your armchair and scroll through a gallery of some of my favourites.
Make tracks to see Gaia’s mural on the side of West Sixth Brewing, featuring horses…of course.
Eduardo Kobra’s larger-than-life Abe Lincoln is depicted in all his psychedelic glory on the back wall of the Kentucky Theater.
This haunting image by German duo Herakut overlooks a parking lot at 156 Market Street. You might not be able to take your eyes off of it, but the scowling girl looks considerably less impressed with YOU.
One of the densest assortments of graffiti adorns Lexington’s James E. Pepper Distillery Campus. This collection of old brick bourbon warehouses on Manchester Street is fast becoming a hub for nightlife, with a beer brewery and tap room, craft bourbon distillery, a bar, ice-cream shop, and restaurants. Check out this cool cluster, featured below.
Phlegm’s clambering men writhe skyward on the side of Etheral Brewing in Lexington’s Distillery District. Indulge in one too many of the brewery’s Belgian beers, and this is what the inside of your head might feel like the next morning.
Do not feed THIS guy, according to street artist MTO. The massive portrait is located at 1200 Manchester Street.
A peeling mural of a crouching man guards the entrance to a doorway on the old James E. Pepper Distillery campus.
Um…a commentary on fly tipping, perhaps?
I’ll leave you with one last taste of Lexington’s cheeky street scenes. This one really hits the sweet spot (ahem) between the city’s love of alternative art and its passion for the ponies.
What’s better than a chocolate bunny? A giant “chocolate” horse sculpture at 200 West Main Street.