Atlanta neighborhood gets new mural honoring its historic charm

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One Atlanta neighborhood now has a mural that encompasses the spirit of their community.

Virginia Highland residents can view the mural at the corner of Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue, according to a news release. The mural, painted by art collective The Loss Prevention,  says “VA-HI” in orange, capitalized letters with a green peach tree dividing the letters.

The mural was spearheaded by real estate agency Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate and designed by Atlanta design studio PROPER owners Jason Orme and Jonathan Lawrence as a way to honor the area’s historic charm.


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PROPER collaborated with historian Lola Carlisle and researched archives of the Virginia-Highland Voice, a newsletter for the area, for inspiration.

“There were lots of little illustrations used to add visual interest,”Lawrence said in a release about the mural. “In the 1980 November issue, one of these drawings was of birds perched in a tree that we instantly felt a connection with. We adapted the illustration to a peach tree and updated the look of the birds.”

The duo said added the bold abbreviated letters to “give it that landmark feel,” Orme said.

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An official unveiling for the mural will be Thursday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Virginia Avenue and North Highland Avenue.


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