Downtown East Point debuts new mural featuring nod to the city’s history

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A new mural commissioned by the City of East Point is now complete in the city’s downtown area. Residents looking to see the artwork can venture to the corner of Main Street and White Way.

The new mural features a cut-out of a classic old-fashioned train engine and was created by local mural artist, John W. Christian through his non-profit, the Georgia Mural and Public Arts Trail, according to 11Alive.

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"Well she's all done. This is the city of East Point mural," Christian wrote on the Georgia Mural and Public Arts Trail's Facebook page. "It was great working with Chris and the folks from the city. This is a 60' mural with my first free standing selfie train."

Last year, local non-profit, Go Georgia Arts awarded the City of East Point a special grant. The mural is the first of its kind and was created in hopes of drawing residents to the city’s downtown area to snap selfies and to encourage community engagement.

The East Point mural is just one of the latest to be created in the metro Atlanta area. There are more than 700 murals throughout the metro area, according to Atlanta Street Art Map.

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The Georgia Mural and Public Arts Trail started as a five-year commitment to paint fifty murals in fifty cities in five years. Their mission statement is to promote public art in smaller cities and communities across the state of Georgia. You can find more information about the organization on their website.

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