JOHN LEWIS, OLD FOURTH WARD

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Some of At­lanta’s largest mu­rals find a home for them­selves in Old Fourth Ward. Per­haps most rec­og­niz­able is Sean Sch­wab’s (The Loss Preven­tion) tow­er­ing mu­ral of civil rights leader and con­gress­man John Lewis at the cor­ner of Auburn Ave. and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. The breath­tak­ing de­pic­tion of Lewis, who was spoke at the 1963 March on Wash­ing­ton and led Free­dom Rides in his early 20s, is so enor­mous that it can be seen from the high­way. The word “Hero” crowns Lewis, who is pas­sion­ately mid-speech. Park neigh­bor­hood packs a col­or­ful punch in a short dis­tance. The seven-block stretch show­cases works by some of At­lanta’s best-known street artists, in­clud­ing Peter Fer­rari (For­ward War­rior), Greg Mike (The Outers­pace Project) and Ricky Watts. The great­est con­cen­tra­tion of mu­rals sits inside At­lanta’s fa­mous Krog Street Tun­nel and along a wall ad­ja­cent to the tun­nel, at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wylie and Es­to­ria Streets. beloved com­po­nents of the BetlLine’s mas­ter plan is the an­nual Art on the At­lanta Belt­Line pro­gram. This lo­cal show­case has be­come the city’s largest tem­po­rary art in­stal­la­tion. Each year, the pro­gram kicks off with a mas­sive Lan­tern Pa­rade in which the com­mu­nity is in­vited to craft wild, cre­ative and large-scale lanterns to pa­rade along the East­side Trail at night. The work of about 100 artists is show­cased from Septem­ber through Novem­ber, and ranges from per­for­mance art to sculp­ture. In ad­di­tion to tem­po­rary in­stal­la­tions, 50 works pep­per the Belt­Line per­ma­nently, in­clud­ing larger-than-life mu­rals by Jane Garver, Ris­ing Red Lo­tus and Mr. Never Sat­is­fied.

Sean Sch­wab ROA

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