by Beth Clark
"Street art" is entirely different from "graffiti" to me; it is a form of public art that becomes part of the neighborhood by artistically encapsulating a particular theme or message that makes the area unique. Often commissioned by the City, or commissioned privately, street art is provocative, visually arresting, and instantly engenders a sense of "place".
I first began noticing public art while studying abroad in Australia; one afternoon I came across several mosaic benches placed along the sidewalk. The glass and concrete seats were a vision in shades of ocean blue and sunset orange; I wish I had a picture of them, but alas I don't. *Moment of sadness.*
So in honor of how I instantly fell in love with public art, I'm going to capture that which is colorful and creative about Atlanta neighborhoods.
You can click on the image to view it larger. Check out those fingernails!
This little swing is a great way to acknowledge the children in the neighborhood. In city life, not everyone gets to experience a tree swing while growing up, but there's something special about it. Maybe it's the feeling of being so close to a tree, or maybe the experience of swinging somewhere different from a plastic playground. Either way, this is a sweet added touch to this area.
While you're out and about, if you come across an art installation that should be on the blog, please send me tips or pictures! Click the "got a tip?" button and give me a heads up. :)