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.
- More from the Visual Journeys series [Curbed Atlanta]