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Street Art: Cabbagetown

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.

You can click on the image to view it larger. Check out those fingernails!
This little swing is a great way to acknowledge the children in the neighborhood. In city life, not everyone gets to experience a tree swing while growing up, but there’s something special about it. Maybe it’s the feeling of being so close to a tree, or maybe the experience of swinging somewhere different from a plastic playground. Either way, this is a sweet added touch to this area.

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!

2 Comments

  • Kevin B.
    I enjoyed the public art photos you snapped, re: Cabbagetown. Keep up the great work.
    • Thanks, Kevin! I really, truly get giddy when I see public art. It's a chance to peek into the spirit of a community.

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