Springfield and Southwest Missouri’s Best Street Art

When it comes to Springfield’s street art scene, there’s a little bit of everything: animals, community symbols, social issues and more. We rounded up some of our favorites for your next Instagram shot.

By Jo Jolliff, Corin Cesaric

Jun 2023

colorful mural in bank tunnel in Springfield, MO
Photo by Corin CesaricThe Systematic Savings Bank tunnel located across from Mudhouse Coffee has one of downtown Springfield’s most intricate murals. Purchase Photo

This page has been updated with new information. 06/01/2023

Springfield isn’t a huge street art community, but we do have our fair share of masterpieces covering the walls of beloved businesses around the city. We’ve rounded up some of the must-see murals in the Queen City so you snap photos of underwater scenes, greeting signs, butterfly wings and so much more.

greetings from Springfield mural and Andrea Ehrhardt
Photo courtesy Andrea Ehrhardt

Greetings from Springfield, Missouri

Find It: On the exterior of the Discovery Center of Springfield (438 E. St Louis St., Springfield)
This beautiful, well-known mural by Andrea Ehrhardt is one of the first that comes to mind when thinking of 417-land art. Its showcasing of the things that represent 417-land makes it a staple of local art.

the springfield flag downtown
Photo by Brandon Alms

Springfield’s Flag

Find It: On the patio of Hotel Vandivort (305 E. Walnut St., Springfield)
The newly official Springfield flag is proudly on display at Hotel Vandivort. The mural was painted by the Springfield Identity Project group to help promote the new symbol of downtown pride

The Kinetic Man

Find It: In Downtown Springfield
Also known as the K-Man, this shiny, tall beacon was created by Russ RuBert with limbs that can be controlled with a crank and gears located at its base, making it the perfect piece of interactive art.

Photos courtesy Chisara Designs

Branson Landing

Find It: At the Branson Landing parking garage (3 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson)
With murals made up of bright pastels and uplifting messages, twin artists Christa Schmitz and Sara Schmitz Olson are spreading joy for Branson residents and visitors. Their designs can be found on all four levels of the parking garage, and their unique style shines through in each painting.

The Sun Target II sculpture in Springfield MO
Photo courtesy Springfield Art Museum

Bud’s Tire & Wheel

Find It: Outside Bud’s Tire & Wheel (701 W. College St., Springfield)
Bud’s Tire & Wheel is one of the last remaining shops still standing along Route 66 with a mural depicting the beauty of Route 66.

Cloud House, Farmers Park Springfield MO
Photo by Tim Hawley

The Cloud House

Find It: In Farmers Park (2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield)
Inspired by the water cycle, artist Matthew Mazzota created The Cloud House, a wooden structure that collects water inside the cloud, combining function and form.

Underwater Scene

This is one of two underwater scenes that lives in Springfield’s art scene. Susan Sommer-Luarca painted both. The link that appears on the mural no longer works, but this was a part of her wildlife series. You can find this one at the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Grant.

Butterfly Wings Street Art in Springfield, MO
Photos courtesy Caiti Sloman, Claire Luna, Tie & Timber Beer Company
Butterfly Wings at Dickerson Park Zoo
Photos courtesy Caiti Sloman, Claire Luna, Tie & Timber Beer Company
Angel wings at Tie & Timber Beer Company
Photos courtesy Caiti Sloman, Claire Luna, Tie & Timber Beer Company


Another one of Ehrhardt’s masterpieces lives across the street from Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes, right next to Riad in downtown Springfield. The human-sized butterfly wings are becoming one of the most Instagrammed pieces of art in the city. There are also at least two more sets of wings in Springfield: blue and yellow wings can be found inside Dickerson Park Zoo, along with angel wings on the side of Tie & Timber Beer Company.

Cycling Murals

These cycling murals live on the building that used to be Queen City Cycles. They were painted by Jim Veronee who is known for painting these and the eye-catching mural at Traders Printing & Design. The building is now rented by the owners of Sharks Surf X Supply, but the art still remains.  


Across from Rogue Barber is a large octopus mural that was painted by Ehrhardt. She pitched the idea to the owner of the building after telling him about the #417streetart project and he loved it. “I had seen an octopus painted on a building before (in a Google search) but wanted to put my own spin on the idea,” Ehrhardt says.

Harbell’s Mural

On the side of Harbell’s Grill & Sports Bar downtown is a mural that takes up the entire side of the building. It was painted by David Guinn in 2001 over the course of seven weeks. “It was meant to capture the feeling of that space at that time,” Guinn says. “I understand there’s been a lot of construction, so it might not relate to it as well anymore.” Guinn is based out of Philadelphia, but lived in Springfield for one year in the ‘90s. During that year, he painted his first mural in a bar called the Juke Joint that once lived on the downtown square. “It was my first mural as an artist,” he says.

student mural in springfield MO at Brick City Gallery
Photo by Corin Cesaric

Student Murals at Brick City 

There is an abundance of student-painted murals on wall across from Brick City Gallery. This mural is a replica of the Guernica by Pablo Picasso, which gives the message to end violence. According to a blog on The Standard, this is one of two paintings that were completed in 2016 by six students who were given the assignment to replicate famous murals as social justice pieces.

colorful mural in downtown springfield
Photo by Corin Cesaric

A mural that stretches almost the same length as the bank tunnel adds a ton of color inside.

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Andrea Ehrhardt mural in downtown Springfield
Photo by Corin Cesaric

This mural lets you know what it would be like if you could stretch the brick walls and take a look inside of the bank vault.

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Bank Tunnel Murals

The Systematic Savings Bank tunnel downtown contains various murals. Two of them were painted by Ehrhardt. After the bank contacted her about coming up with ideas for the tunnel, they went with the $1,000 bill and the bank vault that both make for great photo ops.

Lao Tzu Mural

This new Lao Tzu inspired mural is located downtown on the corner of South and Walnut. The mural was created by Springfield native Brad Noble, with assistance from artists Francois Lariviere and Emily Million.