Hawks to Launch 'In the Paint', A Mural Project Presented by Art Sandy Springs and the Atlanta Hawks
In partnership with Art Sandy Springs, the Hawks will begin unique community arts project in Sandy Springs
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks, in partnership with Art Sandy Springs, will be bringing public art murals to the Sandy Springs community. The first wall to be created will reflect the artist’s positive interpretation of the qualities that sports present to a community such as hard work, commitment and the meaning of teamwork. The goal of this project is to place murals in the community in an effort to beautify areas and educate citizens.
“The Hawks are constantly looking for authentic and creative ways to positively impact Atlanta communities. This project allows us to do that in a very unique way through art,” Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena Chief Executive Officer Steve Koonin said. “Partnering with Art Sandy Springs to create beautiful and inspirational murals has been an enriching experience. We are honored that the community of Sandy Springs has allowed us to start this project in their city. This mural is a great way to recognize the folks of Sandy Springs and remind them that we are proud to be a part of their community. This is just the start of the In The Paint series, and we are excited to get this project off the ground.”
The first installment of the project was approved by the City of Sandy Springs at this past Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The first wall will be located at the Morgan Falls Athletic Complex in Sandy Springs. Local painter and mural artist Dubelyoo was chosen for the project. His work can be seen throughout Atlanta, specifically in the downtown area. Painting is expected to get underway later this month and continue for several weeks. Coverage of the project in its entirety can be found at Hawks.com and on twitter @ATLHawks.
About Art Sandy Springs
Art Sandy Springs (ArtSS) has been the premier organization for supporting the arts in Sandy Springs since 2007. Our purpose is elevating the arts to enrich the quality of life for all our residents and visitors with a focus on permanent public art. ArtSS has worked closely with the City of Sandy Springs to bring “arts for all” in multiple forms, from the Playable Art Park as part of the Abernathy Greenway Park, the sculptures residing at the Sandy Springs Fulton County Library, to the annual Showstoppers Youth Talent Competition, the Sandy Springs Reads One Book One Community program, and the Chalk Walk Sidewalk Art Competition. For more information or to become a member/volunteer, visit www.artsandysprings.org.
Dubelyoo is a renowned painter and designer known for his depictions of urban life and hip hop culture. Some of his early artistic inspirations were artists such as Sebastian Kruger, Norman Rockwell and Alphonse Mucha. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he received his BFA from East Carolina University and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1999. He regularly lectures at high schools and colleges, giving art students an inside glimpse of the life of a professional artist and sharing his strong belief in artistic independence as the path to true artistic freedom.