First and foremost, I absolutely love this mural! Partly due to a fascination I have with flags, which I believe is rooted in my love of sharp, vibrant colors.
A quick search taught me that this mural was completed by French artist Tilt as part of the Elevate South Broad Mural Projects, sponsored by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs in October 2012. The print within the Stars and Bars are names of local Atlantans who Tilt met while working on the mural. Very dope.
What draws me to this mural more than any other in the city is that I didn’t know it existed until almost a full year after it was finished, even though it’s “hiding” in plain sight in the middle of downtown. I used to work a few blocks away and I’ve driven by the area several times, but just never looked up.
I’m far from an Atlanta street art expert, but I do feel that I’m fairly knowledgeable of the large murals around town. I’m even starting to pick up on the trademark styles of the city’s more active artists. I know this all sounds kind of geeky, but I don’t believe in boredom, so this is how I entertain myself. Fux wit me.
The day I saw a photo of this mural on Instagram, I had an instant “What the hell…??” reaction. From the photo, I knew it was downtown Atlanta, but how was it possible that I had never seen this massive work?
A few days later, I jumped into the car and started driving through downtown side streets in search of a mural that should be impossible to miss. Finally, in a parking lot on the corner of Mitchell and Broad Streets, I found it! It’s the simple things in life that make me happy.
When I’m out art hunting in the city, my general rule is to always look behind walls and buildings, because that’s where you usually find the best stuff. Even though I was late on finding this mural, I’m glad my rule still holds true.
Check out the video below of Tilt creating the mural. Again, very dope.