Greetings from Spartanburg, SC: A Hub City Mural Tour

Monday, October 08, 2018

Greetings from Spartanburg, SC: A Hub City Mural Tour

Posted on Monday, October 08, 2018/blogs/mural-spartanburg.jpg

A collection of eclectic, colorful murals around the Hub City is helping put the art in SpARTanburg. Displays of Spartanburg’s artistic talent can be found on walls across the county, honoring well-known Spartanburgers, commemorating important events or adding a little bit of color to a revitalized area. A few of Spartanburg County’s murals have become popular spots for locals and visitors alike. It makes sense, since the murals make for an ideal selfie spot to chronicle your trip.

Pictured above: A mural on the side of the Quick Stop on S. Church Street welcomes visitors to Spartanburg

Love Where You Live Mural

love where you live mural in spartanburg countyPerhaps the most well-known of the Hub City’s murals is the Love Where You Live mural on Spring Street in Downtown Spartanburg. The mural, inspired by Hub Bub’s Love Where You Live campaign, sits prominently across the street from the Daniel Morgan Clock Tower, emblazoned on the side of the building that’s now home to Le Spice Bakery’s downtown location.

The colorful mural features key aspects of Spartanburg’s identity. The 864-area code and 1831, the year Spartanburg was founded, can be seen along with one of the city’s several nicknames, Sparkle City. The mural, which was finished with the help of several other local artists, has helped fuel the ongoing growth of Downtown Spartanburg.

The Yonder Mural

yonder mural in spartanburg countyAnother eye-catching mural sits on the side of one of Spartanburg’s best-known hangout spots. The Yonder mural is the focal point of the patio area just outside the NuWay Restaurant & Lounge.

The mural, a Bannan Blasko project, was done with the help of local artist Aimee Wise and evokes lyrics from the classic hymnal, “Amazing Grace.” The phrase, “I once was lost, but now I’m yonder,” sit in orange and blue lettering over a rough outline of blue and white mountains.

The Ishmael Mural

ishmael mural in spartanburg county

Maybe the most colorful mural Spartanburg has to offer is the Ishmael mural by artist Rob Yamabushi.

Inspired by the book, “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn, the mural features a colorful, psychedelic-like design with a mustachioed, top hat-wearing head accompanied by a collage various colors and patterns. A white bird flying under a rainbow leads to Yamabushi’s name in red letters on one side, while another white bird sits under a message stating “please read Ishmael.”

The Offering Mural

the offering mural in spartanburg countyThe Offering mural is a hidden gem of sorts in Downtown Spartanburg, tucked along the stairwell of a parking garage off Hall Street.

The piece, by artist Peter Ferrari, features colorful, cascading lines of blue and green flowing into a hand holding outstretched a red flower, peaking just above the stairwell’s handrail. The mural breathes life into an otherwise unnoticeable concrete wall.

USC Upstate's 50th Anniversary Mural

usc upstate's 50th anniversary mural in spartanburg countyNot far from its campus, a mural commemorating the golden anniversary of USC Upstate sits along one of Spartanburg’s busiest stretches.

The USC Upstate 50th Anniversary Mural showcases the university’s signature green color with images and numbers that have been significant to USC Upstate over the years. The dome of the administration building is displayed in the center, surrounded by the iconic Spartan helmet logo and a nurse’s hat, honoring the university’s significant presence teaching and training nurses.

J.C. Stoble Mural

jc stoble mural in spartanburg countyDriving past the colorful Union Street mural honoring J.C. Stoble, you can almost hear him shouting, “call it!”

Stroble, the longtime order-caller at iconic Spartanburg restaurant The Beacon, is immortalized in the Stoble Mural just outside Downtown Spartanburg.

The mural, depicting words and colors flowing from Stoble, was designed by ABE ART, a commissioned art company, as part of the Spartanburg Mural Project.

There's Only One. Spartanburg. Mural

there's only one. spartanburg. mural in spartanburg countyBack in Downtown Spartanburg, the There’s Only One. Spartanburg. mural gave new life to a boarded-up property.

The mural, featuring a bright blue background with white letters, sits beside Lime Leaf Thai Restaurant at the corner of Main and Church Streets. The mural was designed by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce to express Spartanburg’s unique qualities and promote the #OneSpartanburg campaign.

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