September 23, 2015
Atlanta Mural in Castleberry Hill
Atlanta Mural in Castleberry Hill

Street art in Atlanta is so plentiful it feels like it surrounds you. Organizations like the Office of Cultural Affairs, Living Walls and the Atlanta BeltLine seek to reinvigorate urban communities by breathing new life into building sides, overpasses and walkways. Many talented artists have contributed to the enhancement of Atlanta’s public spaces by using their community as a canvas.

Breakfast: Begin an urban art tour at Ria’s Bluebird in Grant Park. This cozy locale serves brunch all day and features exterior and interior artwork from local artists depicting the namesake bluebird. The interior mural is a mixed media mosaic comprised of ceramic tile, glass and mirror to depict old fruit crate art.

Morning:  Head to the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, home to one of the largest concentrations of murals in Atlanta, through the Krog Street tunnel. This local pass-thru is completely covered in an array of ever-changing graffiti art. In Old Fourth Ward, make sure to check out a mural of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. This towering piece of art was created by The Loss Prevention collective and features Lewis giving his famous speech from the March on Washington, which is painted on an adjacent wall.

Lunch: The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail is a 3-mile multi-use pathway that has several art installations. Dozens of artists have contributed to the striking visuals from sculptures, murals, statues and more. Art from Black Cat Tips, HENSE and Rising Red Lotus are all part of the Art on the BeltLine project that introduces new work each year. Several spots along the trail like Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Arden’s Garden and The Neighborhood Café at Parish provide refueling options during an art walk or tour.

Afternoon: Located on the Westside is the neighborhood of Castleberry Hill, Atlanta’s historic creative district. Home to several art galleries and studios, Castleberry Hill also features another mural from The Loss Prevention collective that spans more than a block and depicts the history of Atlanta. Images capture the city’s journey from its days as the railroad terminal of the South, the epicenter of the civil rights movement and home of the 1996 Olympic Games, along with multiple cultural icons to Atlanta.

Dinner: Enjoy food and drinks at No Mas! Hacienda and Cantina. The cantina features uniquely designed tabletops and décor with the adjacent showroom housing handcrafted, artistic creations from over 350 artists.

For More Street Art: Download the Atlanta Public Art Tour and Living Walls: The City Speaks mobile applications for a self-guided tour of Atlanta’s street art.

For more on art in Atlanta, visit www.atlanta.net/things-to-do/living-walls.

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