Graffiti Graveyard Duluth MN

Have you ever heard of the concept Graffiti Graveyard?  I did a little Google search to see if this is a common name and if there were places like this throughout the country or even  throughout the world but all I have not come up with anything.  So this must be  something peculiar to the City of Duluth Minnesota.

Graffiti Graveyard UMD BullDog

My wife and I adventured up to Duluth one fine autumn afternoon to visit our son at college.  After visiting for awhile and going out to Pizza Luce for some of the best Pizza in
the nation, my son wanted to show us this place that the locals call the Graffiti Graveyard.

Graffiti Graveyard Sandals

“There also exists under a section of Interstate 35 a stretch of graffiti known as the Graffiti
Graveyard. It is known throughout Duluth. Many residents remember visiting the
Graffiti Graveyard during their teenage years.”

From Wiki

So we decided to go.

It is located right across the street from the Bayfront Festival Park and then you go under highway 35.  I know an odd place for such creative works of art.

Graffiti Graveyard Cat in the Hat

There are two things that blow my mind about this place.

  1. The incredible number of works of art.
  2. The way that real art is destroyed by people painting new stuff on top of old stuff.

Graffiti Graveyard Trash

The creativity and level of artistry is truly amazing for some of these works of art.  My sense as I looked at some of these pieces is that some of the painters were “REAL ARTS”
in a more conventional means also. Meaning I am guessing that some of these painters make their living creating these or some other types or art.  But then to see an incredible work destroyed by someone painting some junk work on top of a masterpiece.  It is
kind of like there is no code of ethics among some of these artists as to how to treat other people’s fine work.  That was so odd.

Graffiti Graveyard Dr Seuss

One more thing that amazed me was the realization that this collection of art went on for ¼ to ½ of a mile. Can you imagine that?  What a huge collection of works.

So if you are ever in Duluth I would highly encourage you to get out to the Graffiti Graveyard.   I would encourage you to not go out there at night and if you do make sure you go out with a large group and bring good lights. The place can get a bit scary.


Graffiti Graveyard Reflections

See you on the next adventure.Contact me if you want to license any of these images.

Many other images are available at my gallery

Updated – I found a great youtube video on the graffiti graveyard here..



About waynem

As a Minnesota based photographer and artist I have been greatly influenced by the Upper Midwest. I focus my skills and energies on portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architectural and fine art work. My best work comes from images first painted in my mind. I mull over a prospective image for weeks or months, seeing it from different angles and perspectives, then finally deciding what to capture. The result is images that deeply touch people's emotions and powerfully evoke memories and dreams. My images are used commercially by companies and organizations ranging from Financial Services firms, mom and pop Ice Cream shops and The Basilica of St Mary to communicate their shared vision and values. Book and magazine publishers have featured my images on their covers. My photographs also grace and enhance the decor of many fine homes.
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2 Responses to Graffiti Graveyard Duluth MN

  1. Holy crap, that is so much graffiti work, I can’t imagine how long it took to have so much of that done.

    BTW, I suppose that great pizza place doesn’t deliver to Toronto 🙁

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