“Street art” is entirely different from “graffiti” to me; it is a form of public art that becomes part of the neighborhood by artistically encapsulating a particular theme or message that makes the area unique. Often commissioned by the City, or commissioned privately, street art is provocative, visually arresting, and instantly engenders a sense of “place”.
I first began noticing public art while studying abroad in Australia; one afternoon I came across several mosaic benches placed along the sidewalk. The glass and concrete seats were a vision in shades of ocean blue and sunset orange; I wish I had a picture of them, but alas I don’t. *Moment of sadness.*
So in honor of how I instantly fell in love with public art, I’m going to capture that which is colorful and creative about Atlanta neighborhoods.
Here is a mural in Cabbagetown neighborhood. The sky that day was a flawless blue that made me want to cry with the feeling of freedom, fresh air, limitlessness. Such an artistic celebration to the neighborhood framed against such a sky was perfect.
Across from the first mural is this one, whose detail and vision is fascinating. I’ll let you take a look.
While you’re out and about, if you come across an art installation that should be on the blog, please send me tips or pictures!