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Tracking the latest dazzling street art of Atlanta’s Wylie Street

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Get outside and behold the newest Forward Warrior offerings in Cabbagetown

A spray-paint work by Austin Blue (@proper_blue), created for this summer’s installment of the Forward Warrior project.
A spray-paint work by Austin Blue (@proper_blue), created for this summer’s installment of the Forward Warrior project.

The past few years have given rise to a new Atlanta pastime: the self-guided street mural tour.

Thanks to compendiums like Atlanta Street Art Map and the annual initiative Forward Warrior, taking in a stunning variety of fresh murals via foot, bike, scooter, board, horse, Segway, or any other means is quick and easy at the great wall of Wylie Street.

With this being Play Week, a celebration of all things outdoor ATL, it’s an opportune time to pay a visit to Cabbagetown. The once-hardscrabble neighborhood has emerged as a literal palette for artistic talent, with works spanning from Memorial Drive to Carroll Street and especially on the half-mile canvas of Wylie Street.

In a broader and more profound sense, the annual project and its amorphous wall-art collection act as testaments “to the prolific and talented community of Atlanta street artists, graphic designers, set dressers, placemakers, dreamers, cartoonists, social justice activists, and visual poets.”

Forward Warrior artists gave the wall, in places, a fresh face last month, and many of those works are spotlighted below.

A new addition to the eclectic Wylie Street gallery by Asheville-based Gus Cutty. Wrote the artist on Instagram: “I learned of Grip Plyaz through mutual friends who were hit hard by the loss, and who brought up the idea of painting a mural for him shortly after his passing.” (@guscutty)
Recent works by Monica Alexander (@itsmmmonica), left, and William Mitchell (@williambrucemitchell).
From left, murals by Gateaux (@gabeaux), Cousin Dan (@cousindan), and Alea Hurst (@aleahurstart).
Works pending identification.
This collage includes a piece by Atlanta painter and mixed-media artist Janice Rago (@janiceragoart), at right. Abandoned bikes by ofo.
At left is a work by FRKO (@freakorico) and an updated babyface (now smiling) by Lonnie Garner (lonnie_quest).
At right is an updated piece by KILLAMARI, an Atlanta-based illustrator, designer, and painter. (@thekillamari)
Works pending identification (and criticizing, at left, both urban and suburban living).
A new piece by Atlanta-based Sanithna Phansavanh (@sanithna), at right, whose work dots the city. Wrote the artist of the recent experience: “This past weekend, I was able to stand shoulder to shoulder with people who create art and people who embrace art. How incredibly wonderful it was to be surrounded by such love and such good natures.”