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In downtown Atlanta, artist sought for mural on key blank space

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Large wall at Broad Street Plaza near Five Points will soon be an open canvas for artists

A long concrete wall leading to the Five Points MARTA Station.
The site for the mural—approximately 6 by 100 feet of boring.

In the heart of downtown Atlanta, boring, blank walls abound; they’re remnants of old buildings, barriers to keep people out, and even urban renewal gone awry.

Now, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District are hoping to address the blah-wall problem and add a bit of art to the neighborhood by commissioning a new mural on a prominent blank wall near Five Points MARTA Station.

According to a request for proposals, artists (or artist teams) are invited to submit ideas to reimagine a rambling 100-foot-long wall in Broad Street Plaza, stretching from Marietta Street to the steps of the MARTA Station.

The proposals should be site-specific, relating to the “community and character” of the area.

The wall stands close to the very site of the city’s founding, surrounded by nearly 200 years of Atlanta history, so plenty of interesting, historical inspirations should abound.

But don’t snooze on the opportunity, ye artists of Atlanta. Proposals are due in two weeks, with installation of the mural expected to start in July.