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Concrete Canvas: Krog Street Tunnel
The Krog Street Tunnel is a staple in the city of Atlanta. It links the Inman Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods together, while being popular amongst cyclists. It proposed to be incorporated into the Atlanta Beltline. To a graffiti enthusiast or artist, the tunnel is an artistic heaven and equivalent to a kid being in a candy store.
The Krog Street Tunnel is one of the best places to view graffiti in the city of Atlanta. It is only the tip of the iceberg in regards to the amount of graffiti in the surrounding area of the tunnel. This urban canvas has drawn tourists, artists, video directors and photographers to its ever changing canvas. High on artistic value and low on gang street tagging, this tunnel is a must see. Local graffiti artists stop by to grace the tunnel with their art, while others use it as a urban bulletin board for events happening in the city.
In October 2014, all the graffiti art was painted over using grey paint by protesters in response to the Krog Masquerade. The masquerade would be a private and ticket only event scheduled to be held inside the tunnel. The protesters felt that it would not be right to allow this art to be the decor of the event for free. The art that graced the tunnel was public and free and it shouldn't be used to promote this event without compensation to the artists.
If you happening to be visiting Atlanta, check out the this amazing tunnel and the other surrounding graffiti art in the area.