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Peachtree Center redo is joining downtown’s pre-Super Bowl mural frenzy

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Work by French artist Hopare to debut January 31, followed by reimagined “The Hub” in spring

A photo of a mural in progress in downtown Atlanta.
The work-in-progress seen recently at the downtown landmark.
Photos courtesy of Banyan Street Capital

The enlivening of downtown walls in preparation for Super Bowl LIII isn’t limited to the 30 works going up as part of Off The Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey, a team effort by local arts organization WonderRoot and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Downtown’s landmark Peachtree Center, which is undergoing a facelift, is also joining the mural frenzy—in a highly visible way.

On a massive section of the property’s facade facing Peachtree Center Avenue, celebrated French street artist Hopare (aka, Alexandre Monteiro) is painting his first mural in the Southeast, titled Symphony.

Work began January 7 and is expected to finish by month’s end, in time for the February 3 Super Bowl hoopla.

An example of a smaller finished piece.

A partnership between Peachtree Center, International Corporate Art (ICArt), and Living Walls, the mural is meant to “foster a sense of excitement and creative energy for years to come,” according to a recent press announcement.

Hopare’s works dot the globe, from Paris to Montreal. He’s recognized for “developing an interesting blend of figuration and abstraction through which he paints colorful work that dramatically contrasts the appearances of the streets,” per the release.

Meanwhile, Peachtree Center owners Banyan Street Capital report the redevelopment of public spaces and the MARTA-connected retail center—The Hub—is on track for completion in the spring.

A rendering of the modernized courtyard, which is aiming for a “town square” feel off Peachtree Street.
A rendering of the modernized courtyard, which is aiming for a “town square” feel off Peachtree Street.
Beck Group renderings courtesy of Banyan Street Capital

Expect a more inviting interaction with Peachtree Street and airier, modernized shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences throughout—all meant to cater to a burgeoning downtown population, plus the 6,000 office tenants and guests at 4,000 hotel rooms now connected to the John Portman-developed complex, officials have said.

Banyan Street has worked to build Peachtree Center’s profile recently via weekly Green Markets and the addition of a Relay Bike Share station.

The Atlanta Regional Commission, among other tenants, has claimed space in the six-building complex in recent years, which counts more than 50 shops and restaurants.

A revised interior.
The view from Peachtree Street.