DUNWOODY, GA — May 2, 2023 — COMING SOON! A new 2,500 sq ft mural will be big, bold, and imbued with colorful visual resonance for MARTA Dunwoody Station travelers and commuters. The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), in collaboration with the City of Dunwoody, Dunwoody Development Authority, MARTA Artbound, the Dunwoody Art Commission, and Living Walls, is excited to announce that DAAS, renowned global artist, has been selected to create a new public mural for the Dunwoody MARTA Station.
About the Artist
DAAS has painted murals all over the world with a unique and vivid color palette. His striking shapes are a mix of abstract and representational imagery created within immersive environments that entice the viewer to engage with the surrounding spaces. Considered both contemporary and timeless, DAAS’ bold pieces celebrate color and the verve of human spirit. Expect the future reveal of his Dunwoody Station mural to showcase his captivating transformative style. DAAS’ art can be seen and enjoyed from Miami spaces to public art installations in Berlin. You can read more about DAAS and his captivating murals on his website artist-daas.com.
About the Site
The mural will be installed on the south side of the station’s parking garage (facing Hammond Drive). Now a central node for the Perimeter business district, Dunwoody Station’s parking deck has been an enticing “blank canvas” for creating visual vibrancy. “The selected mural is dynamic and eye-catching. We think this will help make Perimeter Center even more inviting,” said Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch. “This is just one more step in our efforts to encourage visitors and residents to forgo their cars and enjoy walking and biking instead.”
This particular site is surrounded by spectacular transformation spurred by new development, improved streetscapes, and pedestrian access. It sits opposite State Farm offices at Park Center, and across from the construction site of High Street, an exciting forthcoming mixed-use destination. A short walk from the mural is Twelve24, home to Insight Global.
A Sense of Place
Public art has become a growing priority for Dunwoody and local stakeholders, a reflection of the personality and evolution of the community. Ann Hanlon, Executive Director of Perimeter CIDs, says, “We’re excited to work with our partners at the City of Dunwoody, MARTA, and Living Walls to create our second mural installation at the Dunwoody MARTA station. We believe that an engaging piece of public art will bring an enlivened sense of place to the Hammond Drive corridor for employees, residents, and visitors to Perimeter.”
The Selection Process
The artist selection process and the logistics for the painting of the mural were assisted by three organizations with a legacy in the community of high-quality, local art: Living Walls, MARTA Artbound, and the Dunwoody Art Commission.
About Perimeter Community Improvement Districts
The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) plans and implements vital transportation improvements to enhance mobility and access to the Perimeter business district. Representing both the Central (DeKalb) and Fulton Perimeter CIDs, the PCIDs are self-taxing districts that use additional property taxes to help accelerate needed transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. For more information about the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, visit PerimeterCID.org.
About the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) & MARTA Artbound
Established in 1971, MARTA is among the largest transit agencies in the U.S., providing 95 percent of the public transit trips in the metro Atlanta region with 110 fixed bus routes, 38 heavy rail stations, 2.7 miles of light rail, and on-demand paratransit services. One percent of MARTA’s annual budget is allocated to enhance the ridership experience through visual and performance art. MARTA Artbound provides opportunities for artists year-round with a range of projects encompassing many modes of art. To learn more visit itsmarta.com/artbound.aspx.
About the City of Dunwoody
Located just north of Atlanta, Dunwoody, Georgia is a premier hub for business, shopping, dining, and genuine hospitality. With easy access to mass transit and major highways, the city provides accessibility to key Georgia tourist attractions, events, and festivals while still delivering the charm of a small community. The city’s business-friendly atmosphere, diverse recreation options, lower-overall cost of living, and proximity to mass transit has established Dunwoody as an up-and-coming center of employment, transportation, educated workforce, and population density. To learn more visit dunwoodyga.gov.
About Living Walls
Living Walls creates inclusive, intentional, thought-provoking public art to inspire social change. With over 10 years of experience curating and producing murals, installations, immersive experiences, community gatherings, and conversations, they envision a world where public art acts as a social and economic engine, where it is foundational to the growth and evolution of cities and channels the spirit and culture of local communities. For more information, visit livingwallsatl.com and follow @livingwallsatl on Instagram.
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