Atlantans lamenting the loss of 2 Chainz’s pink Trap House on the Westside might find solace in an equally colorful creation in the Old Fourth Ward.
Meet “The LOUDHAUS,” a single-story brick bungalow in the shadow of Ponce City Market that’s becoming one big street-art installation. (Brick-preservation warriors should know the home had already been painted for years.)
Poised over the corner of Glen Iris Drive and North Avenue, the project is the work of local artist Greg Mike, whose brightly colored murals can be found across Atlanta, incorporating myriad versions of the toothy, signature “LOUDMOUF” character.
Mike tells Curbed Atlanta the home is occupied, and that it was donated and commissioned as a canvas by developer Pat Gilroy of RPG Holdings, whom Mike describes as “a big supporter of the neighborhood.”
That company owns the prominent site, just up the hill, where the 525 North office concept was recently scrapped for an upcoming apartment build.
Inspired by midcentury American cartoons, Mike describes his pieces as explosive works “of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective [and] populated by gleefully twisted characters.”
He’s the founder and creative director of ABV Gallery, and in 2015 he launched the OuterSpace Project, which recently splashed murals on sections of ITP Atlanta from Summerhill to Decatur and Midtown.
Here’s a look at the LOUDHAUS property in March: