Atlanta is changing. Evolving… to something greater than we ever dreamed. Several art projects around the city are cause for this and deserve recognition. We love exploring Atlanta’s outdoor art scene all year long, but winter is especially wonderful because of the contrast against the cold, sleepy sky.
Living Walls really pioneered the mural art scene in Atlanta. Their mission is to promote, educate and change perceptions about public spaces, and they certainly have done that. Artists come from around the world each year (as well as from our own back yard.)
The kickoff to each season is a conference about street art and urbanism. They have been changing the city since 2010. We look forward to what 2016 brings.
Outer Space Project
Another city-wide graffiti art project is Outer Space Project. This project gathered a collection of artists, including those of the Mural Project. There was also a Big Bang block party (with pieces for sale by featured by artists, live music and more.) It was the kick-off to a week of creation around the city, also fun to watch. We can only hope they come back for another year!
Tiny Doors Atl
I first found TinyDoorsATL on Instagram, and I have been hooked ever since. Hidden around the city are a series of constantly evolving installation pieces are an interactive part of their community. Some are permanent fixtures that are constantly being updated; others are temporary pieces that you have only a limited time to see. Each of these small facades are magical, we saw themes ranging from Rosie the Riveter at Paris on Ponce to Pet Works at the Inman Park pet store of the same name.
You may also have seen a few doors in Decatur. They are part of a similar project called Secret Doors Decatur. We love this project, too…but the detail and “larger” artistic presentation of the TinyDoorsAtl projects just speak to my heart!
Art on the BeltLine
Each September since 2010 the Atlanta BeltLine displays 40+ unique works of visual and performance art along the route. “This spectacular project places working professionals alongside emerging artists, and draws residents and visitors into some of the most unique public spaces in the City of Atlanta, providing powerful new perspectives on the city and its vibrant neighborhoods.”
Many of the public art pieces continue to be on exhibit well beyond the Art Festival. We frequent the stretch of the Eastside Trail between the Piedmont Park/Park Tavern entrance and Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park. If you don’t have the time or stamina for a full tour, I highly recommend this stretch. The pieces are unbelievable!
OCA Public Art Installations
Did you know the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs has a Public Art Program? The oversee 127 public sculptures and monuments. They also oversee the curation and exhibition of 226 artworks including paintings, photography and sculpture within the “Portable Collection.” Among the Top 10 works as defined by Robert Witherspoon, the Conservation, Maintenance and Collection Manager is Playscapes at the playground at Piedmont Park, Phoenix Rising at Woodruff Park and Homage to King at Freedom Park.
Want more? Take a self-guided tour with the map in this link, or download the OCA’s Public Art Tour mobile app. Search for Atlanta Public Art Tour in your iPhone or Android App Store.
Flux Projects supports a series of Atlanta projects from various artists, with a mission to excite the city’s cultural curiosity. From performance art to physical art installations, the mediums are vast and spectacular, with innovation at the cusp of their efforts.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.