Atlanta old-timers might recall the days when a Cabbagetown anti-graffiti vigilante dropped from trees to pounce on spray-can-wielding miscreants. It was part of a larger pushback against non-commissioned public painting (or outright vandalism) that eventually spurred Atlanta police to dedicate seasoned officers to squashing the issue.
Times have changed.
On the very street where the headline-grabbing attack on taggers happened in 2008, a wonderland of intricate, large-scale pieces and more traditional, quicker graffiti now forms the backdrop of the Beltline’s latest Eastside Trail stretch.
Instantly, it’s become a popular selfie pitstop for Beltline patrons and a magnet for more professional photo shoots. And it’s naturally a good subject for the latest installment of our Visual Journeys series. (Note: The bulk of the work was created as part of the Forward Warrior series.)
Have a gander below and get lost in the details—both those by design and the result of nature’s toll: