I’ve never understood the media’s default acceptance off Kanye West: genius. The evidence says otherwise.
1.) He married a Kardashian.
2.) He says things like this (while defending his 45-minute toast to himself):
And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the ’60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I…
I wonder how many people notice this mural on the Decatur Street side of Ten Park Place?
This mural has some impressive staying power. It’s been around since at least 1976, as can be seen in this photo on the Atlanta Time Machine blog.
I’ve seen 1970’s-era photos of downtown Atlanta with similarly colorful murals on the sides of buildings. I wonder if there was some kind of ancestor of Living Walls at that time.
Public Art from Atlanta’s Past: “Urban Walls”
Atlanta has enjoyed a great deal of activity with mural projects in recent years. The annual Living Walls conference has added an incredible amount of street here and I’m a fan of the Elevate South Broad murals in South Downtown.
Fellow downtowner Kyle Kessler has shared some postcards that were found recently at the Central Atlanta Progress offices from a 1970s-80s mural project called “Urban Walls,” giving us a nice look at street art from the past.
Here are the postcard descriptions of the murals along with comments from Kyle:
[Top] Georgia Artist: Larry Connatser, wall painting facing Central City Park on Selig Enterprises’ 41 Exchange Place Building. (This building is no longer standing - replaced by GSU’s Science Annex.)
[Second] Georgia Artist: Anthony Greco, wall painting at Central Parking System of Georgia, Inc., 90 Central Avenue, S.W., at Underground Atlanta. (This wall was later home to one of Wyland’s “Whaling Walls” from 1993-2010.)
[Third] Georgia Artist: David Barry Lewis, wall painting on Muse’s Clothing Company, Peachtree, Walton & Broad streets, Atlanta. (I believe whatever remained of this mural was painted over during the conversion of the building’s upper floors for residential apartments.)
[Fourth] Georgia Artist: Vincencia Blount, wall painting at Rich’s Inc., Broad and Alabama Streets, Atlanta. (This lot has now been infilled as part of the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center.)
[Bottom] Georgia Artist: Dale Pierson Hill, wall painting at 10 Pryor Street Building, Decatur and Pryor Street, Atlanta. (This mural is still there although it’s difficult to see it because of effects of time and the adjacent GSU Natural Science Center.)
(c)Urban Walls Atlanta, a joint project of Arts Festival of Atlanta, Inc., and Central Atlanta Progress, Inc., with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hat tip to Jennifer Ball at CAP. These are a great find. As Kyle notes, you can still see the ghostly remains of that bottom mural from Decatur Street.