Through a collaboration between The Parliament Arts Organization, Sprocket Mural Works and local artists, Royal Square has become a destination for its murals that grace the walls of York City’s old buildings. Keep scrolling for a self guided tour and to learn more about each piece.
Recommended route: start in the Royal Square Courtyard behind The Cantina and walk through to S. Howard Street, round the corner on Newton Ave., then circle around to Collusion Tapworks.
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#1- Royal Square Courtyard
Nasturtium was painted by Jacintha Clark, originally form Alamogordo, NM and working out of both York and Philadelphia, PA. To Jacintha, painting murals is about finding a deeper connection with a space as a canvas, but also as a location inhabited by individuals and their community. Jacintha loves painting flowers for their universality, but why a Nasturtium flower for Royal Square? The Nasturtium is used to add a warm, peppery taste to food, and so to do these red and yellow flowers represent the constant diverse art, music, and food that make Royal Square the creative hub it is!
#3- Royal Square Courtyard
Third Eye was painted by Harrisburg artist and co-founder of Sprocket Mural Works Megan Caruso. This colorful conceptual piece draws inspiration from cubism and surrealism while focusing on the idea of perception beyond ordinary sight. This creative direction matches perfectly with the efforts of all those involved in transforming Royal Square over the last 10 years!
Bird for Spoken Word
#4- S. Howard St. Alcove at The Bond
Bird for Spoken Word was painted by York-based artist Andrius Polonikas. Its intricate patterns and dark lines take inspiration from vintage fairytale illustrations, but its vibrant color scheme gives the piece a swirling contemporary twist. Birds are mentioned frequently in the literary canon of great poetry, so this mural is a perfect fit in the alley leading to Royal Square’s Poetry Garden! Its title: a fun rhyme that just stuck!
#7- Rear entrance of Redeux Marketplace (S. Howard St.)
This mural was painted by Victor Manuel Rivera III, otherwise known as VMR3, a Los Angeles-based artist originally from Lancaster, PA. Being located by the entrance to Royal Square’s Poetry Garden, VMR3 saw it as a perfect fit to paint these vibrant flowers popping with color, brining further beauty to the organic space.
#8- Royal Square Garden
By Hollie Chantiles
#9- S. Howard St.
Rebirth was painted by Jonathan “Skilz” Molina, an artist born and raised here in York, PA. For this mural, Skilz found inspiration in reflecting on both God and his mother, Yolanda Alicea, as well as the other creative works done by Sprocket Mural Works.
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#10- S. Howard St. by Collusion Tapworks Parking Lot
Chelsea Foster is a York native, and she has become well-known for her intricate hand-lettering. This mural makes careful use of both geometric shapes as well as her signature lettering style to arch the middle letters of the word “York” so that viewers can stand in front for a picture and not cover up the art! The people of York have gravitated to the creativity and thoughtfulness of Chelsea’s mural, and it has become a go-to for headshots, senior photos, and wedding pictures!
#11- At Collusion Tapworks
Andi Simpson is a York County native, living in the City of York. Her paintings begin with a foundation comprised of multiple layers of color and a variety of textures. Building from that background she allows intuition to guide her. Defined shapes and forms present themselves organically as the piece progresses. With this piece she wanted to focus on vanity and what that means to individuals and how it has morphed over the years with technology...yet still manages to stay the same.
#12- E. Newton Ave.
Pears was painted by New York artist Key Detail. A necessary touch of nature in York’s Royal Square district, this piece depicts an elegant and tender enchantress amidst a pear harvest as a representation of the beauty inherent in pear blossoming and the harmony of humankind and nature.
#13- Newton Ave. Across from Collusion Tapworks Parking Lot
Luna Nueva was painted by Pau Quintanajornet, originally born in Chile and now residing in Germany. To Pau, the new-moon represents a fresh start—a call to honor the cycles of life, through triumph and heartbreak alike. In the words of the 13th-century Persian poet Rami who inspires Pau’s work, “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens—In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
#14- Newton Ave.
Unlimited Vibe was painted by Dizz Gavins of the York and Baltimore area. The piece utilizes Dizz’s unique “dripped” style to create an abstract and wavy aesthetic representative of the good-vibrations the artist was feeling while creating this colorful piece.