A sunny day last May, a walk to the neighborhood grocery store, and a discovery when passing the MARTA train station (that’s “Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority”) — there’s painting going on — it’s not just MARTA now, it’s MARTA.
And, it’s not just a one-side-of-the-door thing, there are several murals… and more painters.
The murals were commissioned by MARTA’s Artbound program. We watched as the weeks went by and the details got filled in… here are more recent photos.
I like to think of this next one as “Sheep may safely graze” but maybe they’re goats (they are across the street from the Dancing Goat coffee shop). A nearby sign tells us that the mural “celebrates Midtown as a diverse and collaborative community that welcomes all” – so I’m thinking safely grazing is accurate enough.
Details are lots of fun…
I see now that there were volunteer days — I wish I’d known, it would have been fun to go and help paint. Meanwhile, there’s a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the station on Monday July 23, for dedication of the murals. I’m putting that on my calendar. And, after looking at the page about the Artbound program, I see I’m going to have to get busy and tour more MARTA Station Art.
More about the Midtown MARTA Murals
and MARTA’s Artbound program
Nice post. Looking forward to touring these modern versions of “cave paintings” with you.
Yes! We will tour modern this year and prehistoric next year…
I love how some cities are using art to enliven boxy, boring gray slabs. Great examples here!
I was impressed by their project, and love to see new murals around the city — Thanks for looking
Looks like a more colourful station as usual. Haha at Picasso’s eyes. That is amazing that there were volunteer days to paint. Anyone could have come and paint, and probably it was just a matter of filling in the colours and you can feel like you’re an artist. Then again, I don’t paint and maybe even that would be hard…
Yes, I wish I’d seen the volunteer opportunity in time to get out my paintbrushes. (here’s to being more aware!)
Oh what fabulous photos you have for this week! Thanks so much for playing along.
And thank you for giving us the opportunity!
Great artwork! Murals are not easy to draw!! And I’m sure it brightens the town up a lot!!
Thanks Sheila – I agree, it’s good to have some “local color” – I’m sorry to say I missed the dedication yesterday morning, meant to go and see what they were doing.