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Monday, August 4, 2014

Living Walls announces arty, indie acts for 2014 main event

Atlanta-based Joshua Ray Stevens paints his 2013 Living Walls mural off of Edgewood Ave.
  • Dustin Chambers
  • Atlanta-based Joshua Ray Stevens paints his 2013 Living Walls mural off of Edgewood Ave.

After commissioning more than 100 murals by as many globally and locally renowned artists since its founding in 2009, the street art nonprofit Living Walls is celebrating this year with a conference that encompasses the trend of public art in Atlanta and beyond over the last half decade.

The annual conference, which runs from Aug. 13-17, will include a curated bicycle tour of this year's completed murals, an outdoor movie screening of the documentary Public Discourse, and a street-art lecture series, featuring keynote speaker Ryan Gravel of Atlanta BeltLine, at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

The main event, presented by Goat Farm and Living Walls on Sat., Aug. 16, will feature Pecha Kucha-style talks at 7 p.m. with other nascent local arts organizations, including Dashboard Co-op, Goat Farm, gloATL, and Atlanta Streets Alive. In addition to the gallery exhibit starting at 5 p.m., music performances start at 9 p.m. with a wide range of arty, mostly local indie acts. Announced acts include Space Trucks, Warehouse, TV Dinner, Cult of Riggonia, and W.I.C. Additional acts may be named later. There's a $5 suggested donation for the event.

Artists contributing murals around the city this year include Atlantans HENSE, Tanner Wilson, Faith McClure, Kyle Nielsen, Mac Stewart, Johnathan Welsh, and John Tindel, as well as international artists such as Lithuanian Ernest Zacharevic, Australian Fintan Magee, Canadian Troy Lovegates, and Spanish artists Borondo, SAN, and Xuan Alyfe.

An interactive tower installation called "Got the Power" by multimedia artist Bayete Ross Smith will feature 120 donated boom boxes. By the way, they're still looking for boom boxes. If you have any to donate, or want more info on the full schedule of 2014 conference events, visit the Facebook page of Living Walls, the City Speaks.

There will be limited pay parking available for the main event at Goat Farm - $6 for solo person in car, $4 for two people, $2 for three or more people - so carpooling, cycling or coming by Uber/Lyft/taxi are suggested. You can also RSVP for events via Facebook.

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