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Photos: Murals celebrate Atlanta’s civil rights legacy as backdrop for Super Bowl LIII

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Find the new installations under bridges, at MARTA stations, and elsewhere

A photo of Yehimi Cambron’s Monuments: We Carry the Dreams.
Yehimi Cambron’s Monuments: We Carry the Dreams mural.

In just over a month, Atlanta will host its first Super Bowl in 18 years, and in preparation, a group of handpicked artists have been working to ensure the city’s street-art backdrop is more colorful and culturally significant.

A partnership between local arts organization WonderRoot and the Super Bowl Host Committee is creating a citywide art exhibit called Off The Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey.

For several weeks, 11 artists have been painting 30 murals around downtown, Sweet Auburn, Vine City, English Avenue, and Castleberry Hill.

The results range from portraiture that honors specific achievements to more whimsical installations around transit hubs.

After the Big Game on February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, each mural is expected to remain as part of the city’s permanent public art collection, officials have said.

Have a look at a few fresh examples from the initiative below.

Yehimi Cambron’s Monuments: We Carry the Dreams across from the GSU MARTA Station, just down the street from the Georgia State Capitol.
Two murals by The Loss Prevention Arts Collective recognizing local heroes in Atlanta occupy the Metropolitan Building’s exterior in downtown.
Shanequa Gay’s excuse me while I kiss the sky mural adds color to the Vine City MARTA Station.
Gay works to complete her mural two days before Christmas.
With downtown as a backdrop, Ernest Shaw’s Atlanta Strong is in the shadow of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, occupying a corner of the Home Depot Backyard next door.
The site of Super Bowl LIII on February 3, in which the Falcons have mathematically no chance of playing.