Honestly, I don't think it would have mattered if it were a mural depicting a bed of roses. The mural would have been vandalized. Unless these communities are brought into the process of creating the art, there will be no ownership -- hence, no respect. It doesn't matter who owns the building. Who will be "living" with the mural? One cannot drop one's vision into a community without sharing that vision with the ones who will be most impacted. As an artist, I have come to this conclusion the hard way. I have seen many artists come into communities (myself included) and expect the residents to embrace their vision without even an explanation. I do not know what happened in the case of the Sawtell mural, but it happens often around Atlanta, around the country, around the world, all the time. It has happened to my own public art. I have learned that I MUST find a way to get the community involved. My vision needs to be shared with the people it will impact most before I break ground. There is always a chance of vandalism, regardless; but, at least, there will be a majority of people outraged if something happens to the work versus the other way around. This is the challenge of the artist: should an artist have to "educate" in order for their vision to be appreciated, understood, or at least, tolerated?
I want Thomas's watch. Now.
I think the artist should have submitted the real mural before it was painted. Although I feel it was a beautiful piece, it is still a part of the neighborhood, and everyone in the neighborhood should be allowed to have an opinion of whether it stays. I'm not religious, but I believe it was inappropriate to have next to a church and would be offensive to some people. As for the graffiti, sadly you just can't get away from ignorance.
I pass that intersection every day..I remember the day that the mural went up. I was so excited to see something beautiful on what had been such a bland and dreary corner. Ignorance was allowed the victory this time but I hope that the silent majority will CHOOSE TO ACT when boisterous bigotry threatens the next time.
This is tremendously zany. Well done CL.
It looked like it was a beautiful mural. The part that hit me hardest was the "Take this s... to buchhead" 1st whoever tagged it should learn how to spell. 2nd The fact that art is associated with Buckhead and old dead ugly gray walls are associated with the ghetto of Atlanta.... UGH. Sorry I got a little heated when I saw this story.
Looks like it was a good night to be a shirtless dude.
Yo! Karaoke was history. Those cats brought life to Auburn Avenue and the city. They will be missed
Absolutely wonderful!!! Great shots of the set, Santiago Paramo, and all the wonderful dancers for Threshold!!!
Beautiful, beautiful pictures!!!!
I have seen them more than 10 times, and never saw less than a 3 hr show...unfortunately, they only played two hours at Chastain. But, they are incomparable musicians. The best!
The best show I've seen in years -- Gregg was strong, Derek was in the groove, and Warren played off Derek's intensity. It didn't hurt that they played nothing but hits, with special guests sitting in, AND played Franklin's Tower by the Dead in honor of Jerry Garcia's birthday, which was a good fit for them. Only complaint: at Chastain they can't play overtime!
Eric, the only explanation I can come up with is territory. "THIS IS MY STEP!!"
I passed a lady once who exclaimed, "if you wanted to WALK, you should have taken THE STAIRS!"
Times like those make me long for legal killing.
Swarm & Destroy. It's a Swoop thing, you wouldn't understand.
When I took that picture of the sun from the Chamblee MARTA station platform the Beatles Song Good Day Sunshine came to mind. It's a song that Richie Unterberger of allmusic said "radiates optimism and good vibes" The same way I feel on a cool winter morning when waiting for the stress free train with the sun exploding like that.
Granted those on 285 headed East probably don't like it because of the "sunshine slow down" it creates.
Seriously. Why won't people stand to one side on escalators? It. Freaking. Kills. Me.
Great Photos! Here's a few more I'm putting in the hopper: http://maisonmarcel.blogspot.com/2012/07/a…. See you next year!
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