Two large murals are going up at Midtown Union, the mixed-use project being developed by Granite Properties and MetLife Investment Management in Midtown. The project consists of a Class-AA office tower, the Mira at Midtown Union residential tower, The Kimpton Wade hotel, and 30,000 square feet of retail. Midtown Union is steps from the Woodruff Arts Center.
“The murals are part of the team’s effort to connect the people-centric project to its surrounding community and incorporate art, murals, and sculptures,” a Midtown Union spokesperson told What Now Atlanta in an email Thursday.
SCAD alum and Atlanta-based artist, muralist, photographer, and architect Joe Dreher aka JoeKingATL (@joekingatl) has been commissioned to create a series of murals along the façade of Midtown Union’s most visible towers.
Joe started painting the murals on March 14, 2022. It will take the artist six weeks to complete the 4,758 square-foot south garage mural (on Spring Street) and another five weeks to complete the 2,750 square-foot North garage mural (at 17th and W. Peachtree) for delivery the first week of June.
“The murals represent the artist’s tribute to the word ‘union,’ the spokesperson said. “Midtown Union is a place that unites people. It gives people a place to connect through work, live, play, and the arts, as Atlanta’s top art museums are a quick step away. Midtown Union is also easily accessible through Arts Center MARTA station and the I-75/I-85 Connector.”
The South mural consists of two intertwining faces. The North mural has single-line drawings of four faces and a Mobius strip, which is an infinite loop, featuring a one-sided surface without boundaries, symbolizing unity and infinity. The faces in the murals are of the artist’s family. The murals celebrate love, art, and Atlanta.