Murals are dressing up the darkest spots in downtown Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --  There's a new way to experience ten of the top spots in Memphis, all in one place.

All you have to do is travel to the South End of Downtown and take a look around.

They're dressing up some of the darkest, dreariest parts of downtown with art.

It's not your normal canvas, it's a spot more often chosen for graffiti, underneath railroad bridges.

"You don't expect it. I mean we weren't expecting to see a painting on the bridge," said Tori Siano.

A crew of eight, headed by independent artists, are painting the murals to make the trip through the darkest areas of downtown a better experience.

"Just to brighten up the area, to add color and life to the street," said artist Anthony Lee.

The theme underneath the Florida street bridge is 'places uniquely Memphis.'

Lee said, "When you're seeing these repeated images of Downtown Memphis, it reminds you of the culture and vibrancy that you're in."

The OrpheumTheatre, the Lorraine Motel , Central Station and Goldcrest Beer are just a few of the places depicted in the mural on Florida.

The paintings aren't finished yet, but the artists are already getting good reactions.

Artist David Comstock said, "A guy pulled up that used to work for the railroad yard and was talking about that's the old company he used to work for. It's kind of neat because everybody has stopped by with a different story."

Lee added, "If you bike or jog through here, that's when you really get to get up close with them, but if you speed by through at 55 miles through here you won't. So, I'm hoping people slow down."

Not all the South End murals are created equal.

The mural on South Main is meant to have the opposite effect.

Lee said, "That mural over on South Main is much more kinetic. It's designed to be viewed as you're speeding through."

Siano talked about her experience and smiled, "I think it adds to the city. It makes it look nice. It's great for people visiting. It's nicer than nothing."

It's nicer than nothing and for most driving by, an unexpected showcase of art to brighten up your day.