They say a picture's worth a thousand words, and murals are no different.

Creating visual art is a true skill, and kudos to all the artists out there with the imagination and vision to design their own original worlds. We have you to thank for the murals and street art we see around our communities each and every day.

Unfortunately, many of these unique, historic, and often eccentric paintings are under-appreciated.

Some of our towns' murals have become popular landmarks over the years, like Portsmouth's 'Isles of Shoals Humpbacks' (dubbed 'the Whale Wall' by locals; alas, it is no longer with us). Other murals commemorate a place's history and acknowledge those who came before us.

Lots of murals tend to be contemporary and abstract, and often come as expressive responses to events like the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, there are the murals that don't appear to have serious meaning at all, but simply exist to bring joy to passersby.

No matter how you look at it, these works of art all send their own special messages about the world we live in, and are unique staples within our communities. So, let's take a look at these eighteen beautiful outdoor memorials in New Hampshire and Maine. Which ones do you recognize, and how many have you truly taken the time to look at?

Discover These 18 Beautiful Outdoor Murals in New Hampshire and Maine

Murals are expressive ways of illustrating the uniqueness of our local communities.

What murals are in your area? Are there any you think should be added to this list?

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