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A Guide To 21 Works Of Street Art You Must See Right Now

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Google has selected Atlanta (along with London, NYC, Paris and San Miguel) to be one of the first cities included in a new online gallery designed to allow people to enjoy street art long after it has been painted over or scrubbed from walls. But why view our city's amazing murals on a screen when you can wander the streets and see them in all their colorful glory? Thanks to Living Walls and hundreds of talented artists, Atlantans live inside one massive, open-air art gallery. There's no entry fee and the works are world class. What are you waiting for? Go take a walk.


· Google Unveils a Curated Treasure Trove of Street Art [Yahoo News]
[All images via Curbed Atlanta.]

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1. Your Southern Home Away From Home

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920 Murphy Avenue Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30310

Atlantans Howdy Nater, who specializes in lettering and signage, and Ola Bad, who is known for his wheat pastes of faces drawn in charcoal, partnered for this charming mural, which reminds you that Atlanta is your Southern home, no matter where you're from.

2. Nobody

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345 Peters Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30313

Artist Axel Void is from Berlin, Germany, and works on everything from spray-painted, large-scale murals to oil paintings and audio and video projects. His pieces often deal with social issues in a slightly uncomfortable way and often involve covering or obscuring of one or more of his subject's eyes.

3. Housewarming

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890 Memorial Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30317

This big, bold, impossible-to-miss piece on the side of the Reynoldstown Lofts is the work of Italian artist Agostino Iacurci, who now splits his time between Rome and Nuremberg, Germany.

4. Around The Fire

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230 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jaz is a street artist who works in the traditions and styles of fine art. He has participated in Atlanta's Living Walls Conference three times and was ranked as the second best street artist in the world by Complex Magazine.

5. Whoa Man.

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501 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

Atlanta artist Joshua Ray Stevens created this cartoony Edgewood piece that's more than meets the eye.

6. Stencil Portrait

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442 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

The Italian duo known as Sten Lex have created stunning portraits such as this one in London, Paris, Barcelona, New York and, of course, Atlanta. Their halftone stencil technique involves thousands of small stencil lines and changes in subtle but interesting ways depending upon the viewer's position.

7. A Touch Of Mexico On Edgewood

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384 Edgewood Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

Artist Nuezz's Mexico City heritage is visible in several of the bold, graphic elements of this prominent Edgewood Avenue mural.

8. Prisms Behind Graveyard

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515 Joseph Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

Christopher Derek Bruno is a local artist whose colorful and striking work has been shown nationally (NYC, L.A., Seattle, Portland, Atlanta) as well as internationally (Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam). Photos don't do this massive work on the back side of Graveyard Tavern justice.

9. Take Care Of Yourself First

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302 East Howard Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

Look up to see this educational line drawing by SCAD grad Jason Kofke, whose list of exhibits is lengthy and impressive. It's safe to assume that this Decatur piece was inspired by his recent work in China.

10. Unicorn Bear

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2191 College Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30317

Atlanta's Greg Mike is best known for his LARRY LOUDMOUF character, which is stickered and plastered all over the city as well as throughout cities across the country, but his colorful, pop-art-inspired paintings also liven up Atlanta. In addition to this piece on College Avenue, he also contributed to the mural at 902 DeKalb (see Point #12).

11. Strange Boxes Flooded

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19 Georgia Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

Described as "an aloof different interpretation of interpersonal relationships," this painted building was Atlanta artist Gyun Hur's first mural. The SCAD Hong Kong professor typically works in performance art and installations.

12. Three Artists, One Wall

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902 DeKalb Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

Creator Gaia is a Baltimore-based artist who also worked on "Sunrise On Edgewood" (#17). To the right, on this same wall, is a mural by Greg Mike, just visible here. To the left, work by Oakland-based artist Swampy.

13. Railroad Wall Of Art

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653 Wylie Street Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

The piece shown here is by Travis Smith and Molly Rose Freeman but the entire wall running along the railroad tracks in this area is covered with remarkable works of art in a variety of styles. It's like an outdoor gallery unto itself. Take a walk.

14. Dragon Vs. Fox

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470 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

Local artist Shaun Thurston creates striking and beautiful images of animals, including the owl at the Argosy (the piece shown is on an exterior wall of the Argosy), the wasp at 435 Oakview in Decatur and a gorgeous purple lizard (dragon?) piece on the railroad wall in Cabbagetown.

15. Bright and Colorful 3ttman Wall

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39 Georgia Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

French-born, Madrid resident 3ttman (pronounced "three têtes man" or "the man with three heads") created one of the largest and most colorful stops on our tour. The artist does graphic street art in cities around the world but also works with media such as papier-mâche, ceramics and cement.

16. Old And New

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483 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

When French artist Roti set out to work on the wall of Sound Table, he originally intended to cover previous work by Argentinian artist Jaz as well as the High Museum advertisement, but ultimately decided to incorporate the existing items into his fascinating and detailed piece.

17. The Sunrise Of Edgewood

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439 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

Baltimore artist Gaia described this beautiful MLK-inspired piece that he collaborated on with Nanook: “[T]he Fourth Ward is considered in many regards as the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement so naturally creating Martin Luther King Jr’s face just down the block from the King Home seemed logical. But rather we created a portrait that was more ambiguous, an everyman face that faded into a rising sun. This vibrant visage is surrounded by a turmoil of rope and vine forms that Nanook created...” The two also collaborated on the amazing piece on the side of Squash Blossom in Decatur (113 E Court Square).

18. Blue Statement

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586 Woodward Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

Newark, New Jersey resident LNY painted this gorgeous piece on the back side of Sopo Bicycle Co-op in East Atlanta and says that her work is designed to "create an environment of change that will allow us to imagine possible, better and brighter futures."

19. Collaboration On Twain's

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211 East Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

This mural on the side of Twain's in Decatur is a collaboration between Gaia, Nanuk and Doodles (presumably not their real names). Read more about Gaia and Nanuk in the entry about "The Sunrise of Edgewood" (#17). The remaining artist, Doodles, is based in Oakland, California, and creates work inspired by travel and various cultures.

20. Monsters In A Parking Lot

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543 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

Brazilian artist Fefe Talavera works in a tribal style inspired by street art in her hometown of São Paulo, where she used art to reveal beauty in dilapidated areas.

21. Surreal Beauty On The Argosy

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470 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

Ukrainian duo Interesni Kazki painted this huge surreal mural on one side of Argosy in East Atlanta Village and were named among the 50 best street artists in the world by Complex Magazine. This detailed piece is well worth a closer look.

1. Your Southern Home Away From Home

920 Murphy Avenue Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30310

Atlantans Howdy Nater, who specializes in lettering and signage, and Ola Bad, who is known for his wheat pastes of faces drawn in charcoal, partnered for this charming mural, which reminds you that Atlanta is your Southern home, no matter where you're from.

920 Murphy Avenue Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30310

2. Nobody

345 Peters Street Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30313

Artist Axel Void is from Berlin, Germany, and works on everything from spray-painted, large-scale murals to oil paintings and audio and video projects. His pieces often deal with social issues in a slightly uncomfortable way and often involve covering or obscuring of one or more of his subject's eyes.

345 Peters Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. Housewarming

890 Memorial Drive Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30317

This big, bold, impossible-to-miss piece on the side of the Reynoldstown Lofts is the work of Italian artist Agostino Iacurci, who now splits his time between Rome and Nuremberg, Germany.

890 Memorial Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30317

4. Around The Fire

230 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jaz is a street artist who works in the traditions and styles of fine art. He has participated in Atlanta's Living Walls Conference three times and was ranked as the second best street artist in the world by Complex Magazine.

230 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

5. Whoa Man.

501 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

Atlanta artist Joshua Ray Stevens created this cartoony Edgewood piece that's more than meets the eye.

501 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

6. Stencil Portrait

442 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

The Italian duo known as Sten Lex have created stunning portraits such as this one in London, Paris, Barcelona, New York and, of course, Atlanta. Their halftone stencil technique involves thousands of small stencil lines and changes in subtle but interesting ways depending upon the viewer's position.

442 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. A Touch Of Mexico On Edgewood

384 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

Artist Nuezz's Mexico City heritage is visible in several of the bold, graphic elements of this prominent Edgewood Avenue mural.

384 Edgewood Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

8. Prisms Behind Graveyard

515 Joseph Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

Christopher Derek Bruno is a local artist whose colorful and striking work has been shown nationally (NYC, L.A., Seattle, Portland, Atlanta) as well as internationally (Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam). Photos don't do this massive work on the back side of Graveyard Tavern justice.

515 Joseph Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

9. Take Care Of Yourself First

302 East Howard Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030

Look up to see this educational line drawing by SCAD grad Jason Kofke, whose list of exhibits is lengthy and impressive. It's safe to assume that this Decatur piece was inspired by his recent work in China.

302 East Howard Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

10. Unicorn Bear

2191 College Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30317

Atlanta's Greg Mike is best known for his LARRY LOUDMOUF character, which is stickered and plastered all over the city as well as throughout cities across the country, but his colorful, pop-art-inspired paintings also liven up Atlanta. In addition to this piece on College Avenue, he also contributed to the mural at 902 DeKalb (see Point #12).

2191 College Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30317

11. Strange Boxes Flooded

19 Georgia Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

Described as "an aloof different interpretation of interpersonal relationships," this painted building was Atlanta artist Gyun Hur's first mural. The SCAD Hong Kong professor typically works in performance art and installations.

19 Georgia Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

12. Three Artists, One Wall

902 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

Creator Gaia is a Baltimore-based artist who also worked on "Sunrise On Edgewood" (#17). To the right, on this same wall, is a mural by Greg Mike, just visible here. To the left, work by Oakland-based artist Swampy.

902 DeKalb Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. Railroad Wall Of Art

653 Wylie Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

The piece shown here is by Travis Smith and Molly Rose Freeman but the entire wall running along the railroad tracks in this area is covered with remarkable works of art in a variety of styles. It's like an outdoor gallery unto itself. Take a walk.

653 Wylie Street Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

14. Dragon Vs. Fox

470 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

Local artist Shaun Thurston creates striking and beautiful images of animals, including the owl at the Argosy (the piece shown is on an exterior wall of the Argosy), the wasp at 435 Oakview in Decatur and a gorgeous purple lizard (dragon?) piece on the railroad wall in Cabbagetown.

470 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

15. Bright and Colorful 3ttman Wall

39 Georgia Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

French-born, Madrid resident 3ttman (pronounced "three têtes man" or "the man with three heads") created one of the largest and most colorful stops on our tour. The artist does graphic street art in cities around the world but also works with media such as papier-mâche, ceramics and cement.

39 Georgia Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

16. Old And New

483 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

When French artist Roti set out to work on the wall of Sound Table, he originally intended to cover previous work by Argentinian artist Jaz as well as the High Museum advertisement, but ultimately decided to incorporate the existing items into his fascinating and detailed piece.

483 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

17. The Sunrise Of Edgewood

439 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

Baltimore artist Gaia described this beautiful MLK-inspired piece that he collaborated on with Nanook: “[T]he Fourth Ward is considered in many regards as the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement so naturally creating Martin Luther King Jr’s face just down the block from the King Home seemed logical. But rather we created a portrait that was more ambiguous, an everyman face that faded into a rising sun. This vibrant visage is surrounded by a turmoil of rope and vine forms that Nanook created...” The two also collaborated on the amazing piece on the side of Squash Blossom in Decatur (113 E Court Square).

439 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

18. Blue Statement

586 Woodward Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

Newark, New Jersey resident LNY painted this gorgeous piece on the back side of Sopo Bicycle Co-op in East Atlanta and says that her work is designed to "create an environment of change that will allow us to imagine possible, better and brighter futures."

586 Woodward Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

19. Collaboration On Twain's

211 East Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030

This mural on the side of Twain's in Decatur is a collaboration between Gaia, Nanuk and Doodles (presumably not their real names). Read more about Gaia and Nanuk in the entry about "The Sunrise of Edgewood" (#17). The remaining artist, Doodles, is based in Oakland, California, and creates work inspired by travel and various cultures.

211 East Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

20. Monsters In A Parking Lot

543 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

Brazilian artist Fefe Talavera works in a tribal style inspired by street art in her hometown of São Paulo, where she used art to reveal beauty in dilapidated areas.

543 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316

21. Surreal Beauty On The Argosy

470 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316

Ukrainian duo Interesni Kazki painted this huge surreal mural on one side of Argosy in East Atlanta Village and were named among the 50 best street artists in the world by Complex Magazine. This detailed piece is well worth a closer look.

470 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30316