Living Walls

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 30, 2010

On the last sunday of August, PG and Uzi had two things to do. There was festival in Grant Park. On the way there, PG had a map showing sites of the Living Walls project. The idea for Living Walls was to bring “street artists” into town and have them produce legal work.

The first stop was Edgewood Avenue, near the King Center. This historic Black neighborhood was populated with white tourists. PG pulled into a parking lot to shoot some pics of a mural of Dr. King.

The next stop was a few blocks north on Boulevard to Irwin Street. There is a huge dragon painting on a building there, next to where the beltline crosses the street. PG parked at the Irwin Street Grocery, and Uzi went inside to take a look. The ISG has a large statue of a cow on top of a shelf, which the bovine-centric PG enjoys.

There were two sites on Dekalb (spell check suggestions:Denial) Avenue, and only one was found Sunday. 902 Dekalb had a fenced in portion, with a colorful wall behind the barbed wire. On the other side of the building was the scene of a controversy.

A local painter named Vomet chose to add to the mural, after it was finished. There was much hand wringing about whose city it was, and who had the right to make “street art”. By the time PG got to the site, the extra commentary had been removed.

Next on the agenda was Flat Shoals and Memorial. PG’s friend Angel was driving visiting artists to sites, and was robbed at gunpoint near this location. The robbery was the same night that PG & Uzi had seen Hedwig and the Angry Inch (and been nervous about the two block walk to the train station after the show.) As it happened Sunday, PG drove around the block twice, and couldn’t find the piece. The young man sending text messages on the corner was not consulted.

East Atlanta was the next stop. A bar called “The Graveyard”was the scene of a mural by the parking lot. PG was taking pictures when a man walked up. He wore bartender pants, and his huge arms were covered with tattoos. He asked PG what he was going to do with the pictures. Personal collection, maybe paste Sarah Palin’s head on. Is there a problem with taking pictures? No, I was just curious what you were going to do with it. The two men shook hands, and one went back to work inside.

After a scenic ride down Confederate Avenue, PG & Uzi were back on Boulevard, across from the park. A band was playing in a pavilion, there were rows of white tents, and this would seem to be the festival. A parking spot on Berne Street appeared as if by magic.

The festival was fun. It was a bit less crowded than many neighborhood festivals, and the home repair salesmen were eager for someone to visit their booths. The rows of white tents were spread out through the park, and it was easy to go further and further away from where you parked.

The inevitable politician was hungry for people to talk to. A lady named Georganna Sinkfield is running for Secretary of State. PG asked her if this was a stepping stone to running for Governor. She got a good laugh, and said she had been a legislator for 28 years, and wanted to do something else.

After a while, PG decided he was ready for dinner. The remaining Living Walls can wait until the next time he is downtown.

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  1. Living Walls 2013 | Chamblee54 said, on August 27, 2013 at 4:16 am

    […] the last three years, PG, accompanied by selectively deaf Uzi, have gone out to see the Living Walls. The grafitti […]

  2. shawnbrucepruett said, on August 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Wow! I especially love the Koi. Vomet, he sucks!

  3. Living Walls 2014 | Chamblee54 said, on August 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

    […] faster. On the third Sunday, PG and Uzi venture downtown to look at the murals. This happened in 2010, 2011, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Each year, PG prints a map to guide him. Previously, the information […]

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