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.
[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.