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Getting to know Grand Rapids through its murals

Grand Rapids is known as a city of beer, a city of laughter, and, for a few weeks in the fall, a city of art. But when you start to pay attention to the walls and alleys of our city, it is also a city of murals, every day of the year.

It seemed to me that every time I turned around, I would bump into a mural somewhere. Everywhere. So I started to make photographs of the murals in Grand Rapids to get a better grip on how many there are. This collection of photographs is by no means representative of all of the murals in town. There are so many, often tucked away in a quiet alley, or behind a building. 

Some of the murals celebrate a business or a place. Some of them are just unusual. In all cases, they are a part of the rich tapestry of culture and art that makes the urban community that we live in interesting and unique. 
West side of Sheldon, just south of Weston.

South side of Fulton, just east of Sheldon.

West side of Sheldon, just north of Fulton.

Northeast corner of Weston and Commerce.

Southwest corner of Division and Pearl.

Rear of parking lot, east side of Division between Oaks and Cherry.

East side of Division, just south of Oaks.

West side of Sheldon, just south of Library.

Northwest corner of Division and Cherry.

South side of Lake, just northwest of Wealthy.

Southwest corner of Division and Goodrich.

Alley on the south side of Wealthy, west of Fuller.

West side of Sheldon, just south of Oaks.

South side of Wealthy, between Henry and Charles.

West side of Sheldon, just north of Cherry.

East side of Monroe, just north of Trowbridge.

West side of Plainfield, south of Grove.

West side of Bond, north of Fairbanks.

South East corner of Plainfield and Spencer.

North wall of The Woods at Grandville and Oaks.

Northeast side of Lafayette, east of Plainfield.

Parking lot behind buildings on the Northwest side of Williams and Division.

The south turnaround of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel downtown.

Southeast corner of Weston and Division.

Rapid Growth photographer Adam Bird has begun documenting the diverse murals that grace the walls of Grand Rapids' neighborhoods, some well-known and others tucked away. Get to know the city through its street art in this week's photo slideshow.
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