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The 6 Quirkiest Street Murals On Tybee Island

From the cave paintings in southern France’s Lascaux Grottoes to Renaissance-era church frescoes to the Federal Art Project and Works Progress Administration (WPA) which produced over 225,000 works of art, wall murals are a staple of civilization’s art historical record. In Georgia alone, there are almost 40 WPA works scattered across various cities. And on Tybee Island, murals adorn both public and private walls for all to enjoy.

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Photo by Jess Brannen of Visit Tybee

Perhaps the most recognizable mural on Tybee is the exterior panels of the Pier and Pavilion which depict an underwater scene of various sea creatures.

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Photo by Jess Brannen of Visit Tybee

As you head down Tybrisa St. from the Pier, take note of the amazing trompe l’oeil painting above Wet Willie’s which gives the illusion that the building boasts a second-story balustrade.

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Photo by Jess Brannen of Visit Tybee

The southern exterior of this home on 2nd Avenue showcases sea life from jellyfish to seahorses. A cottage further north on 2nd Avenue features another oversized seahorse on the front of its sunny exterior.

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Photo by Jess Brannen of Visit Tybee

Tucked away on 18th Street, this attached outbuilding may no longer serve as a garage, but highlights its previous function with images of a classic, wood-paneled Studebaker and collection of colorful surf boards.

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Photo by Jess Brannen of Visit Tybee

Coming soon is a new, three-paneled mural installation along the concrete wall in Downtown Tybee. Learn more about the project here, and plan to join the festivities for the unveiling of the first panel at an Interactive Art Street Party on Saturday, November 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. Live art demonstrations, a paint brush relay for the kids and lots of other family friendly and complimentary activities are planned.  

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-4-22-15-pmBrenda Marion moved to Tybee from the midwest in 2007 with her husband and son. She is a founding member of the Tybee Island Maritime Academy and continues to serve as the school’s governing board secretary in addition to being the Promotions Chair for Tybee Island Main Street/Downtown Development Authority. A freelance blogger and social media consultant, she loves seeing Tybee from a new perspective – that of her bike while riding with her son to and from school.

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