A Self-Guided Tour of Atlanta's Famous Street Art

Massive street art adorns Atlanta’s walls, showcasing a range of styles and messages as diverse as the city. Use this feature to take a self-guided tour of the city’s most muraled streets.

An army of color invaded Atlanta’s most neglected neighborhoods six years ago. Living Walls was born from a desire to add vibrancy and beauty to areas of the city falling into disrepair. Local and visiting artists gather in Atlanta for the week-long conference, which also includes learning opportunities for artists and special events. A creative and entrepreneurial city since its inception, Atlanta is the perfect place for Living Walls to cause a wide ripple with just a single drop of inspiration.

A movement was born almost immediately after the first Living Walls conference in 2010. This movement aims to magnify, in both scale and reach, the daring and thoughtful works of local, regional and international artists. Today, massive street art adorns Atlanta’s formerly blank walls, encompassing a range of styles and messages as diverse as the city itself. Use this feature to take a self-guided tour of the city’s most muraled streets.


John Lewis mural by Sean Schwab in Downtown Atlanta

John Lewis, Old Fourth Ward

Some of Atlanta’s largest murals find a home for themselves in Old Fourth Ward. Perhaps most recognizable is Sean Schwab’s towering mural of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. The breathtaking depiction of Lewis, who was one of 10 speakers at the 1963 March on Washington and led Freedom Rides in his early 20s, is so enormous that it can be seen from the highway. The word “Hero” crowns Lewis, who is passionately mid-speech.


Alligator mural by ROA in Downtown Atlanta

Alligator, Downtown

One of the most striking murals in Atlanta was painted in 2011 by Belgian artist ROA as part of that year’s Living Walls conference. ROA is known for his enormous and whimsical paintings of animals, which are predominantly grayscale. Such is the case with ROA’s Atlantan masterpiece on the corner of Mitchell and Forsyth Streets downtown. The work occupies the entire width of a building and depicts an alligator on its back with its tail curving upward, following the path of the building’s fire escape.


Greg Mike mural on Krog Street in Inman Park, Atlanta, GA

Various, Krog Street

Krog Street in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood packs a colorful punch in a short distance. The seven-block stretch showcases works by some of Atlanta’s best-known street artists, including Peter Ferrari (Forward Warrior), Greg Mike (The Outerspace Project) and Ricky Watts. The greatest concentration of murals sits inside Atlanta’s famous Krog Street Tunnel and along a wall adjacent to the tunnel, at the intersection of Wylie and Estoria Streets.


 

Elephant mural by olive47 in Inman Park, Atlanta, GA

Various, Irwin Street

Running perpendicular to Krog Street, Irwin Street is also a colorful display of artisanship. You’ll find olive47’s bold and charming elephant mural at the corner of Irwin and Howell Streets. Rising Red Lotus’ 110-foot-by-10-foot display of koi fish encircled by shimmering waves is a breathtaking sight. The stunning gold-painted masterpiece remains one of the Atlantan artist’s largest works to date. Where Irwin meets Randolph Street, you’ll happen upon Sam Parker’s ode to geometry with a display of symmetrical and intertwining shapes.


 

Avatar mural by Karl Addison and Jarus on the Atlanta BeltLine

Various, Atlanta BeltLine

Near the intersection of Irwin and Krog Streets, you’ll find an access point to the Atlanta BeltLine. One of the most beloved components of the BetlLine’s master plan is the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine program. This local showcase has become the city’s largest temporary art installation. Each year, the program kicks off with a massive Lantern Parade in which the community is invited to craft wild, creative and large-scale lanterns to parade along the Eastside Trail at night. The work of about 100 artists is showcased from September through November, and ranges from performance art to sculpture. In addition to temporary installations, 50 works pepper the BeltLine permanently, including larger-than-life murals by Jane Garver, Rising Red Lotus, and Mr. Never Satisfied.


 

Mural by Interesni Kazki for Living Walls in East Atlanta

Various, East Atlanta

East Atlanta is home to more Living Walls murals than any other neighborhood in Atlanta. On just a short stroll along Flat Shoals Avenue, you can view more than 10 works covering the sides of local businesses or abandoned buildings. From Interesni Kazki’s bright, abstract and playful piece to Andrzej Urbanski’s heartwarming portraits of smiling children, the works along Flat Shoals capture East Atlanta’s multifaceted personality.

Michelle Khouri
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