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Murals in the

Hickory Metro

We have compiled a list of new and old murals in the Hickory Metro and we hope that you find them all! Some are just a few steps away from each other and others are a few miles apart. While visiting take some photos and tag us @visithickorymetro! We would love to share. Happy Mural Hunting! 

Welcome to Hickory Mural

Welcome to Hickory (2021)

Location: Downtown Hickory 2nd St. SW, Hickory, NC 28601

Artist: James Smith

Description: The mural in Downtown Hickory, NC, displays famous locations and some of Hickory's history while welcoming guests to the area. The mural spells out Hickory with scenes of the city inside each letter. Some images include the gears highlighting Hickory's industries, a partial NC map showing where Hickory is located, a logo for Lenoir Rhyne University, and the Hickory Crawdad's baseball team. Also included in the mural is a man kayaking representing our beautiful Lake Hickory. There are images for our arts, sciences, literature, and music scene. Oh and let's not forget the food which represents the Hickory Farmers Market. 


Miracle of Hickory Mural

The Miracle of Hickory (2019)

Location: Downtown Hickory 241 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Artist: Hunter Speagle

Description: The Miracle of Hickory Mural was painted to remember how Hickory came together during a time of crisis. In response to the first polio cases in the area, local citizens and doctors built, equipped, and staffed a full-scale hospital in 54 hours. 


Flower Mural

Flower Mural (2020)

Location: 932 3rd Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Artist: Sara Jenne Echerd

Description: Sara Jenne Echerd, an artist who predominately creates floral artworks, completed this massive work on the side of Mud Mamas Studio. Mud Mamas commissioned Echerd to make her building even more beautiful, and she nailed it. 


Exodus: Strength in Diversity (2020)Exodus Mural

Location: 610 Fourth St. SW, Hickory, NC 28601

Artist: James Smith

Description: "To celebrate Exodus Homes' commitment to empowering differences in leadership, a new mural called "Strength in Diversity" has been unveiled on the 800-square-foot, north-facing wall of their corporate headquarters at 610 Fourth St. SW in Hickory. The new work of a black hand and a white hand in partnership was proposed and created by well-known mural artist James Smith from Los Angeles who has done other murals around town over the past few years. 

Exodus Homes, a faith-based United Way agency that provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison, has impacted the community beyond the lives of their residents since their founding in 1998.

Over the years they have reduced neighborhood crime, reduced prison recidivism, increased the effectiveness of substance use disorder treatment, increased the property value of their neighbors, and increased workforce development in this area. Their work has been celebrated all the way to the White House and one of the keys to their success is their diverse leadership team headed by the Rev. Reggie Longcrier and the Rev. Susan Smith." -History Information from the Hickory Daily Record, Written by The Rev. Susan Smith


Newton Postcard MuralNewton Postcard Mural (2021)

Location: Downtown Newton 11 North College Ave., Newton, 28658

Artist: Eron Hare

Photo: City of Newton

Description: The mural in Newton, NC, displays famous locations in Newton and includes some of the city’s history. The mural spells out Newton with scenes of the city inside each letter. The “N” pictures the Woodland Loop Bike Trail at Jacob Fork Park. The “E” shows the old St. Paul’s Church. The “W” is the Newton Depot. The “T” shows various musical instruments and is indicative of the city’s musical past. The “O” pictures the 1924 courthouse, and the final “N” has a weaving loom that is inspired by the city’s historic connection to textiles.


Break Free (2020)Break Free Mural

Location: 1042 Old Lenoir Rd, Hickory, NC 28601

Artist: James Smith

Description: Break Free, this strong mural of three horses by artist James Smith is on the side of Metcalf’s Hibernation Station. Looking at this mural gives you a sense of these horses beaking all bearers in their path, running to freedom. 


Claremont MuralClaremont Mural (Date Unknown)

Location: 4895 S Depot St, Claremont, NC 28610

Artist: Jeremy Sams

Description: The Claremont Mural highlights some of Claremont's hidden gems and historical moments. 


Sherrill Tobacco Company MuralSherrill Tobacco Company (2003)

Location: 100 S Main St, Catawba, NC 28609

Artist: Adele James McCarty

Description: This Sherrill Tobacco Company Mural perseveres the history of Catawba's tobacco industry from the early days.


Historic Beginnings MuralHistoric Beginnings (2006)

Location: 234 Union Square, Hickory, NC 28601

Artist: Roger Cooke

Description: This mural on Union Square in Downtown Hickory depicts the City of Hickory's historic beginnings. Included in the mural are the Piedmont Wagon, the Southern Railroad, Hickory Tavern, the Huffry Hotel, 1918 Union Square, and Hickory Manufacturing Company. In addition to historic scenes of early industries, four pioneers who helped build Hickory's strong economic and community-spirited foundation are included. The faces on the mural are Alex A. Shuford, J. Alfred Moretz, Lester Clark Gifford, and Edmund Thomas Moore, Sr.


Under the Umbrella Mural - Downtown Hickory

Under the Umbrella (2021)

Location: 246 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, across from the parking deck on the HSM Solutions wall.

Artist: Bob Dennis, from Trade Alley Art

Description: Want to dance in the rain on a sunny day, pose under the umbrella for a fun photo opt in Downtown Hickory. 


The Untouchables (2021)

Location: Original Mural is located in artist McCarty’s home. McCarty’s paintings are part of a recent effort to further preserve Ridgeview’s history. Reproductions of her artwork — funded through a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Inclusive Public Art Grant secured by the United Arts Council of Catawba County — adorn either side of the blue-and-orange archway that now stands at the entrance of the Panthers’ old home field.

Artist: Adele James McCarty

Description: This mural honors the 1964 “Untouchables” football team who had the perfect season! "In the era before integration, Ridgeview High School’s football team was the pride of Hickory, breaking state records left and right. Today, the remaining players are seeing to it that their legacy is not forgotten." -Ourstate Magazine To read the rest of their story, click here.  


Train (2020)

Location: 1500 13th St SW, Hickory, NC 28602

Artist: Charles Kimso

Description: This magnificent train mural was painted by artist and furniture maker Charles Kimso. He painted this mural on the side of his furniture-making shop. This mural incorporates images of factory employees as a tribute to Ellis Mill, which once occupied the building.


Waterfall Spacescape Mural - Downtown HickoryWaterfall Spacescape (2022)

Location: 246 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, across from the parking deck on the HSM Solutions wall.

Artist: Chris Parsons

Description: This Waterfall Mural was painted and donated by artist Chris Parsons. Although well known for his unique fantasy collage art, he has continued to hone and refine his artistic style and techniques. In his latest works, Chris has focused on merging traditional landscape oil painting with modern, oil enamel, spray-paint space art. The marriage of the different styles and techniques have produced some images that he likes to call "Spacescapes". Chris' influences include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, and Bob Ross. He relies on a blend of styles and techniques to create his unique images. Chris draws his inspiration from nature, mythology, religion, science fiction, and popular culture. 


Welcome to Historic Catawba – Pepsi MuralWelcome to Historic Catawba – Pepsi Mural (2022)

Location: 105 N Main St, Catawba, NC 28609

Artist: Garrett Huffman

Description: The Town of Catawba has a beautiful mural commemorating Pepsi and the wonderful history of The Town of Catawba. While visiting the mural stop into Cherry Pop's Soda Shop which is a 1950’s themed ice cream parlor serving hand-dipped ice cream, waffle cones, milkshakes, sundaes, floats, and frozen lemonades.

Photo: Kim Patterson