JOHN LEWIS, OLD FOURTH WARD
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