Best Street Art to See in Atlanta this Summer

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy a beautiful sunny day in the city, check out its even more beautiful art al fresco.
  • Art on the Atlanta BeltLine attracts local musicians as well.
    Art on the Atlanta BeltLine attracts local musicians as well.
  • Living Walls designs peculiar murals to decorate Atlanta's buildings.
    Living Walls designs peculiar murals to decorate Atlanta's buildings.
  • Bright, eccentric art pieces stand as part of the Office of Cultural Affairs' Public Art Collection.
    Bright, eccentric art pieces stand as part of the Office of Cultural Affairs' Public Art Collection.
  • The Krog Street Tunnel displays a multitude of light and color in downtown Atlanta.
    The Krog Street Tunnel displays a multitude of light and color in downtown Atlanta.
  • The Outer Space Project develops vibrant murals with contagious energy.
    The Outer Space Project develops vibrant murals with contagious energy.

Art is everywhere in Atlanta; have a look around. Whether you're visiting for a short time or planning a longer stay, here are the outdoor art sights to be seen.

  1. Atlanta BeltLine
    The Atlanta BeltLine is a go-to spot for enjoying a beautiful day. It’s also a go-to spot for outdoor, public art. The Atlanta BeltLine runs the largest outdoor temporary public art project in the South. Known as Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, this project incorporates visual artists, musicians and performers exhibited all along the BeltLine corridor. Take a walk or enjoy a nice bike ride while exploring the unique and diverse art that the Atlanta BeltLine has to offer.

  2. Living Walls ATL
    Walk the streets of Atlanta and you may just find yourself face to face with a large-scale masterpiece. Living Walls ATL is a nonprofit arts organization that seeks to promote, educate and change perspectives about public space in our communities via street art. These eccentric murals are dispersed throughout five different Atlanta neighborhoods, such as the Old Fourth Ward and East Atlanta Village, and are made by artists from all over the world. Explore different parts of Atlanta by hunting down these artworks and discovering the beauty of ATL’s street art.

  3. OCA Public Art Installations
    The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program administers the development and management of public art projects for the Atlanta city government. It is also the caretaker for the city of Atlanta’s Public Art Collection, which includes the oversight, maintenance and exhibition of 127 public sculptures and monuments valued at more than $22 million. The collection is located throughout the city of Atlanta and features local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists. Enjoy a day outside exploring the city, admiring these public works of art and appreciating Atlanta’s dedication to preserving them.

  4. Krog Street Tunnel
    Captivate yourself by visiting a concrete canvas of vibrant graffiti and inspiring street art at Krog Street Tunnel. Connecting the Inman Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods, Krog Street Tunnel has become one of Atlanta’s coolest spots for public art. The tunnel doubles as a message board where you’ll find posters and fliers for local events, live shows and more. Local artists even contribute special notes. Find out what’s going on in the area and enjoy Krog Street Tunnel in all its creative wonder.

  5. Outer Space Project
    Similar to Living Walls ATL, the Outer Space Project primarily consists of outdoor murals with the goal of enhancing outdoor spaces, generating positive energy, expanding the mind and engaging the public through urban beautification and creativity. These murals are located throughout Atlanta’s neighborhoods; you surely can’t miss them. Made by various international artists, the murals are bright, eye-catching and full of creative spirit. The project also hosts a final party called “The Big Bang,” featuring live art installations, musical performances, a gallery exhibition and more.

  6. Tiny Doors ATL
    Tiny Doors ATL is an Atlanta-based art project that consists of outdoor installation pieces that are, literally, tiny doors. How tiny you ask? The doors are six inches tall and strategically placed throughout the city. The project began in 2014 and is dedicated to free and accessible art. Its goal is to inspire curiosity and exploration by highlighting neighborhoods and landmarks that make Atlanta unique. Contributing to the city’s vibrant art scene on a much smaller visual scale, these works are a little harder to notice -- be sure to keep your eye out for them as you explore Atlanta outdoors.

  7. Flux Projects
    Flux Projects engages Atlanta’s public spaces with contemplative art that can change the way people experience Atlanta and think about our community. In the past seven years, Flux Projects has presented 25 individual projects and another 82 projects as part of  Flux Nights, a one-night exhibition of public art. This year, Flux Projects will present Flux Exchange, an incubator series that invites three artists to explore the city of Atlanta as a site for a future large-scale public art project. Be on the lookout for this public work as specific dates and details are yet to come.

Laura Relyea of ArtsATL is a contributing blogger for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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