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This Year’s Living Walls is More than Murals

Artist Caroline Caldwell, in front of her mural-in-progress on Edgewood and Hilliard Avenue in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
Artist Caroline Caldwell, in front of her mural-in-progress on Edgewood and Hilliard Avenue in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
Credit Joshua Gwyn / Living Walls

 Today is the first day of the Living Walls 2014 Conference. The annual five-day event invites local and international artists to come paint the town, creating street art in neighborhoods all over the city. This year’s event features 18 murals. But this year, the conference is also enlarging its focus.

In this interview, Living Walls executive director Monica Campana tells WABE’s John Lemley about some of the artists at this year’s conference, as well what its five years of existence have taught the nonprofit about communication with the communities in which it creates. “Now we really encourage all of the artists to take inspiration from the neighborhoods,” she says.

Broadcast version of interview that aired Wednesday, August 13, 2014

“This year, we wanted to expand into working with artists that do installation work, or 3-D or sculpture work,” said Campana. Creating permanent work has never been of great importance to the group. For instance, she said, they have no maintenance plans to preserve any of the murals they’ve created over the years. And so, this year’s work emphasizes that impermanence. “[We’re] very inspired by tactical urbanism, you know: short-term action for a long-term change. We don’t have to create pieces that are going to last forever in order to create a conversation.”

More on Living Walls’ 2014 conference events here, including: the Main Event at the Goat Farm Arts Center, bicycle tour, lecture series, and outdoor movie screening of Public Discourse, a documentary about street art.

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