Roadside Art Online

Is it any surprise that so much of America’s great art can be seen from the window of a passing car, in the melange of shop signs, billboards and cheesy buildings, in the personal monuments people make in their gardens and empty lots, on the makeshift, lean-to margins where artistic preconceptions and ambitions don’t exist?

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Windows to the Vernacular

Roadside Indiana
Lawrence Ave.

Face detail, 3 Stars Auto Body sidewalk muffler man in November 2011. Lawrence Avenue near Sacramento, Chicago

John Baeder's Road Well Taken
Wall Art
Roadside art: Jessicas cowboy and girl
Sider Art

Railroad bridges over the Calumet River, with the Chicago Skyway in the background.
The Art
of Street Food

Roadside Art: The Art of Street Food, Washington, D.C.
Avenue Gems
Roadside Art: Tito’s Flowers & Gifts
A Vernacular

Roadside Art: A Vernacular Spectacular: Chicago Painted Pizza Parlor
Some Milwaukee

Roadside Art: Jacksonville
Architectural Miniatures
Roadside art: Vintage Architectural Miniatures from Matchbooks
John Margolies,
Roadside America

Roadside Art Book Review: John Margolies, Roadside America

Clark Street
Roadside art: Signs of Clark Street
Tiny Design
Roadside art: Matchbook Design
Downstate Beauties
Roadside art: Beauties from Downstate Illinois
Downtown Deco
Roadside art: Lower Manhattan Art Deco
Red City San Diego
Roadside art: Red City San Diego
Birmingham, Alabama
Roadside art: Motel Matches
Vintage Matchbooks
Roadside art: Motel Matches
100 Best Signs
Roadside art: 100 Favorite Roadside Signs
Little Grills
Roadside art: Diner art from matchbook covers
County Fairs
Roadside art: County Fairs
Tour the Western Avenue
and Vicinity Gallery

Strong stuff 11K JPG
New York City, 1981
Roadside art: County Fairs
The Lake
Lakefront carving: Bathing Beauty
The Mansards
The Mansard
The Angels
Carved angels of Trinity Church

The Gyros Project
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Visit environments
A selection of unique roadside environments
See the signs
Please Mr. Balch
Fill up on junk
Elephant ears 5K JPG
Explore ruins
6K JPG of motel ruins
View vistas large and small
Mean and Lean 5K JPG

Wade Reid Motel

The Grog N Groc Hall of Fame
Store names can be roadside literature in the same way that their signs can be roadside art. Here’s a collection of qualifying entries.

Miscellaneous interesting images