To see some of the best street art in the country, look no further than right around the block. Local, regional and international artists have used Atlanta’s buildings, crosswalks and underpasses as the perfect canvas for creating powerful murals with eye-popping colors. No matter where in the city you find yourself, there’s a brilliant work of art just waiting to be discovered.
A walk on the BeltLine’s east side promises amazing shopping and dining experiences at venues like Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market, but it’s also where you’ll find incredible murals by famous artists like Hense, Peter Ferrari, Greg Mike and more. All different types of art can be found along the BeltLine, from massive murals and sculptures to photography and live installations. And because the BeltLine’s public art initiative means that a new crop of artists are selected each year, there’s always new or rotating works to see.
Home to more Living Walls murals than any other neighborhood in the city, East Atlanta is brimming with incredible artwork that coats the sides of abandoned buildings and local businesses that have called upon Atlanta’s talented artists to beautify their storefronts. Notable pieces include Andrzej Urbanski’s portrait of smiling children; Shaun Thurston’s mural of a dragon fighting a fox; and Christopher Derek Bruno’s work behind Graveyard Tavern.
Old Fourth Ward
For some of the city’s most Instagram-worthy spots, be sure to stop by O4W to see some of the city’s most vivid and eye-catching murals. The area features works by some of the city’s most respected artists, including Greg Mike and Catlanta, who’s best known for his stylized cartoon cats.
Little 5 Points
There’s always something new to see in Little 5 Points, from the murals and paintings that cover almost every restaurant and shop to the famous The Vortex restaurant, which features a 20-foot high skull that greets you as you enter. Walking around this neighborhood is a true artistic experience, so don’t be afraid to go down a few side alleys to discover hidden art, including a mural that depicts famous singers like Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga.
Next, get to know Empire Paintbox’s Bright & Bold Muralist, Kayleen Scott.