Lansing has a Mural and Street Art Scene and It’s All for You
The amount of hard work, creativity, and vulnerability it takes to present a piece of art on a large scale like murals and street art is colossal. The murals and art pieces around Lansing are beautiful gifts from some amazing artists – most local and others from around the world!
In some ways, the effects of mural art on a city can be hard to directly calculate. However, the experience we have personally is tangible – it inspires, builds creative place-making, and develops a sense of community.
Simply put – Lansing’s art is for the people – us. Let’s get out and enjoy it!
43 Iconic Photo Spots: Murals, Street Art, and Beautiful Buildings Around Lansing
My true motive for this article is to encourage us all to get out on the town and see how awesome Lansing is and is becoming! From world-renowned street artists to our own home-grown innovators and artists, every day our city is becoming more and more fun to explore.
The best part of getting out and taking pictures isn’t so much the picture itself, but the memories, learning, and conversations made as each spot offer something unique.
Have fun learning and making memories with your family!
A) Address: ARTPath starts on the Lansing River Trail starting at
100 E North St, Lansing, MI 48906 (This piece is located under the 496 Bridge located between Impression 5 and the veer off to REO Town.)
Art Path is lovely from start to finish. But this stretch of Art Path is stunning, heartbreaking, and a must-experience for important and needed conversations.
Here are a few pictures of the many pieces under the bridge.
B) Address: Adado Riverfront Park
201 E Shiawassee St,
Lansing, MI 48933
From afar this piece looks like a big frog with lots of bold color – super cool right? Well, up close is even better. Reading the artist’s statement is always helpful but this piece needs little to no explanation when you actually walk up to it…the tears of the frog are tadpoles.
C) Address: Lansing River Trail
Located under the Kalamazoo street bridge.
As we rode up on our bikes to see this piece for the first time it was like a sudden punch of beauty! It’s gorgeous.
Artist: Max Sansing (commissioned by Below the Stacks 2019)
Where to Find it: 2500 S Washington Ave,
Lansing, MI 48910
This futuristic and colorful work of art was a site of the Below the Stacks Mural Festival 2019. One of our writer’s daughter said of the piece “Look he has ‘Frozen’ powers!” We love this piece for these great conversations it ensues and the awesome addition it is to a southside neighborhood.
03) Centennial Building
Artist: Imagine (commissioned by Below the Stacks 2019)
Where to Find it: 511 South Washington Ave, Lansing, MI48933
Located directly across from the bus station this piece titled “All are Welcome – To Lansing, with Love from Nepal” is written in Nepali characters and a sweet message to our city where new beginnings are able to happen and anything is possible.
04) Pere Marquette Corridor
Artist: Royyal Dog (commissioned by Below the Stacks 2019)
Where to Find it: (parking on Pere Marquette Drive) Directly behind
619 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing MI 48912
Royyal Dog’s masterpiece is a painting of his wife. It’s absolutely breathtaking and a must-visit on foot so you can take in all of the detail.
05) Gillespie Red Building
Artist: Wing Chow (commissioned by Below the Stacks 2019)
Where to Find it: 413 N Larch St, Lansing, MI 48912
This was a very cool piece to watch be created from start to finish. It’s last touches take it over the top with grand imagination and wonder.
06) Ahptic Productions
Artist: Werc (commissioned by Below the Stacks 2019)
Where to Find it: 901 Cleveland St,
Lansing, MI 48906
This is the work of what dreams are made of. Werc’s lion is LOVELY in pictures and absolutely AWE-INSPIRING in person. When you go see this I recommend parking on Cleveland St. on the south side of Oakland so that you can see it from afar. To get a closer look you’ll need to cross the busy street and park on the north side of Oakland on Cleveland st.
Where to find it: 1207 Turner Rd,
Lansing, MI 48906
Nanibah graced our Lansing Old Town streets with this breathtaking mural after talking with many local northside residents and hearing their stories. It’s awe-inspiring and seeing it in person is spectacular.
08) The Grid Arcade and Bar
Artist: Sentrock (commissioned by Below the Stacks 2019)
Where to Find it: 226 E César E. Chávez Ave,
Lansing, MI 48906
This is a very special piece for Lansing for many reasons but a stand-out is that it depicts that blood, sweat, and tears create something beautiful. So true of our resilient city.
09) Old Town Vacant Lot
Artist: Muralmatics (commissioned by Below the Stacks 2019,) and Redhead Design Studio
Where to Find it: (Across from Elderly Musical Instruments) 1115 N. Washington Ave,
Lansing MI 48906
This building has two projects:
A) This Stevie Wonder tribute piece is an extra special gem for my family not only because Stevie Wonder went to school just down the street at the School for the Blind, but my little cutie-pie was the photo model for the artist, Dustin Hunt. I am forever thankful, Dustin!
B) To create a more vibrant spot in this portion of Old Town, Redhead Design Studio was commissioned to paint pieces to place on the building. We found them especially vibrant during the winter months when most of the area’s trees are bare.
10) Downtown Lansing Parking Lot
Where to find it: Grand Ave. Downtown Lansing
You’ll be able to see this piece from multiple locations and views around Downtown Lansing, but do yourself a favor and go see it up close. It’s beautiful to look up at and gaze on from across the street on the west side of the Lansing River Trail.
Where to find it: 1115 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910
RiverviewChurch was one of the sponsoring walls for Below the Stacks Mural Festival 2019. Four artists collaborated on this large canvas. Two on the visiting artists on the east and two local artists on the west portions of the wall. It’s an amazing piece all together but each person’s art speaks for itself.
16) Hillbrook Park – Haslett
Where to find it: 1751 Lake Lansing Rd, Haslett, MI 48840
You can’t see the park from Lake Lansing road, but you can see the mural art piece. This is a fun mosaic placed on two walls of a shed in the parking lot. Take a pic then play.
17) American Fifth Spirits
Where to find it: 112 N Larch St, Lansing, MI 48912
The Love Lansing Mural is big and bold just like all of our love for this city!
18) Michigan Ave. Stretch
Where to find it: Soup Spoon Building and many more sprinkled throughout Michigan ave from The Capitol to the 496 bridge in Frandor. 1419 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912
There are so many pieces along this stretch you’ll want to check out. If you’re going in the summer, walking the stretch starting at Soup Spoon heading east it’s nice to stop at the park by El Oasis near Ferris st.
Where to find it: 420 Moores River Dr, Lansing, MI 48910
There are all sorts of pics to be taken here besides the mural on the pavilion. Here’s a list: The round pool, the graffiti wall in the pavilion, the three stacks, the river trail, and the spiral stone zen garden. You’ll probably find something else awesome as well. When you do #lansingplays so we can join the fun too!
Where to find it: 200 Museum Dr, Lansing, MI 48933
Endless great pictures and fun await you at I5. Some of my favorite spots to take pictures of my boys are the water, nature, and light rooms as well as the building mural walls and sundial.
25) Preuss Pets
Where to find it: 1127 N Cedar St,
Lansing, MI 48906
The waterfall and pond structure in the front entrance is reason enough to pick this place. Don’t forget about the Koi fish ponds, huge parrots and birds, tortoises, spiders, fish, and the list goes on. There’s also a really great full wall mural that has just been redone!
26) ARTPath – Basketball Court Mural
Where to find it: Elm Park – Lansing Riverwalk entrance near Gumps BBQ (which is delicious, by the way.) 1105 River St, Lansing, MI 48912
A mural has been painted on the full basketball court. Kids love to run around on it like a maze.
27) ARTPath – Wall Mural
Where to find it: Under the Shiawassee St. Bridge
You can find this by walking the Riverwalk trail from Rotary Park towards Old Town.
A wing mural has been painted under the Shiawassee bridge on the Lansing Riverfront making a fun photo stop for all ages.
28) Cedar Street Art Collective
Artists: Eufoe, Spiz, and Loopcut
Where to find it: 1701 S. Cedar St, Lansing, MI 48910
A new collab piece is now on the north wall of this fun creative space as an unofficial site of Below the Stacks Mural Festival.
29) Blue Owl // El Azteco Corridor
Where to find it: 213 Ann St Suite C,
East Lansing, MI 48823
An awesome view awaits you as you walk from the parking garage to all of the fun stops in East Lansing. It’s a nice view as you sip yummy coffee from Blue Owl EL too!
Where to find it: 100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
Beautiful iconic building = beautiful iconic shots.
32) Interactive Gear Head Structure: “Portrait of a Dreamer”
Artist: Ivan Iler
Where to find it: Located where Michigan Ave and Museum Drive intersect. (As you turn to Impression 5)
This one is fun for all! You can turn the handle and watch the gears move.
33) Downtown Lansing Riverfront Peace and Love Signs + Beach
Artist: Ben Graham
Where to Find it: 325 City Market Dr,
Lansing, MI 48912
These sign installations are a great reminder to all passing by either walking, biking, and now just enjoying the new Rotary Park and Beach.
34) Lighted Forest and Rotary Park Beach
Where to find it: 313 N Cedar St, Lansing, MI 48912
The much-awaited Rotary park is here and it is even better than we imagined. The grounds are kept up by Lansing Parks and Rec so the sand is lovely to hang out in with your kids. Visit in the evening for the dreamy lighted forest and boat launch areas.
Where to Find it: You can start at any of the sculptures but the Gannon Building is a good place to start if you’re new to the area. 422 N Washington Square,
Lansing, MI 48933
Taking this tour has 27 sculptures and doing this walk will make you see Downtown Lansing in a new, cool, and unique way. We did this for the first time last winter and had so much fun with the kids.
36) MSU Museum
Where to find it: 409 W Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824
The architecture at the MSU (Dinosaur) Museum is absolutely beautiful. Plus, they have fun exhibit changes throughout the year making this an ever-changing experience. Plus, the kids will love the dinos, snakes, and bear – Oh My!
Where to find it: 325 City Market Drive, Lansing, MI 48912
The pictures are endless and the same goes for the smiles. Paddle down the river and take some beautiful shots. You might even see some turtles! BUT – don’t forget to pick up your waterproof pouch from River Town’s store before you go so your phone doesn’t get wet.
Where to find it: 547 E Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824
Read Melissa’s reasons to visit the MSU Broad and you’ll realize it’s more than just a piece of perfectly build architecture placed in the middle of Downtown East Lansing. But if it’s an outdoor adventure and gorgeous pictures you’re after this is a perfect stop.