A 'Black Lives Matter' mural painted in Charlotte this year. (Cardinal & Pine photo by Grant Baldwin). 'Black Lives Matter'
A 'Black Lives Matter' mural painted in Charlotte this year. (Cardinal & Pine photo by Grant Baldwin).

In partnership with Charlotte city leaders, the artists painted the sprawling mural uptown, crafting a theme for each letter.

Sixteen artists, one mural, one statement.

Working in partnership with city leaders, 16 artists collaborated to create a sprawling Black Lives Matter mural in uptown Charlotte Tuesday.

Each artist took a separate letter with its own theme, stretching down Tryon Street for most of the day Tuesday. 

Multiple outlets reported that the artists were: 

  • John Hairston
  • Owl & Arko
  • Dakotah Aiyanna
  • Abel Jackson
  • Kyle Mosher
  • Dammit Wesley
  • CHD:WCK
  • Franklin Kernes
  • Dari Calamari
  • Kiana Mui
  • Marcus Kiser
  • Matthew Clayburn
  • Georgie Nakima
  • Zach McLean
  • Garrison Gist
  • Frankie Zombie

Cardinal & Pine sent photographer/videographer Grant Baldwin to shoot the mural for us. Here’s what he saw:

‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
Artist John Hairston was one of 16 artists working together to each paint a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on Tryon street in uptown Charlotte.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles (left) walked Tryon street speaking with the artists painting the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on asphalt.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
CMPD Captain Brad Koch, who walked each night with protesters during the previous week’s demonstrations in uptown, takes a photo with locals who came out to see the “Black Lives Matter” mural being painted on Tryon street in uptown.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.
‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural in Charlotte
16 Artists pose for a photos after each created a custom design for a letter in the phrase “Black Lives Matter” that was painted on Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday.