Much anticipated return of a local mural festival happens this weekend. Biking around in the mornings has to be one of my favorite parts of the day. I was able to take some pictures of the first artist at work in the streets, bumping her music, sharing the groove on 17th Street S. Of course being able to see the eventual, final product, a powerful finished image, one of twenty or more being done in less than two weeks is just amazing. An experience that just witnessing moves me like the energy of a live concert. Feeling blessed, and looking for positives and inspiration in a week of bad news headlines. So the timing of the SHINE festival, moved back from the September dates of last year, couldn’t come at a better time for me personally.
SHINE Mural Festival 2017
Hopefully the announcement that SHINE will also be doing smaller paint projects on electrical boxes around downtown during and after the festival is intriguing. Where do artists apply to get in on the action? It would be fun to share in the joy of local artists getting a chance to paint their style onto a smaller canvas and beautify the city with art. Having seen the results in Decatur, GA of how gorgeous and thought-provoking art is when it covers everyday objects, trashcans, crosswalks, electrical boxes, even MARTA overpasses. Public art helps us connect with our surroundings and community, something we could all use more of.
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