This weekend, a funny thing happened to Cabbagetown: those big, grey, concrete walls that separate the neighborhood from the CSX train yard started looking a little less grey and a lot more beautiful. Living Walls, the pro-public art foundation that brings international street artists to Atlanta (and was just awarded their official non-profit status), is sponsoring two larger-than-life murals on Wylie Street, created by artists Trek Mathews and La Pandilla (both of whom, by the way, are having a show this weekend at the Jane). The artwork is just the beginning of Living Walls' 2012 programming, which will kickstart the installation of more than a dozen big, beautiful murals on Atlanta's streetscape. Both artists began working on their murals this week, and we can hardly wait to see how the finished product will look on those ginormous, once-monotonous walls.

So, next time you're brunching at Carroll Street Cafe, having a beer at Milltown Arms, or joyriding through the Krog Tunnel, take a minute to check out these talented artists' works in progress. It's a pretty sweet opportunity to watch the transformation of dreary concrete into a work of art in real time.

Trek Mathews:
The plan:


The beginning:

Monday progress:


La Pandilla:
The beginning:


Monday progress: