The hand-painted panoramic mural is 343 feet long and as tall as 20 feet on DeKalb Avenue N.E. parallel to MARTA and the CSX line in the Lake Claire neighborhood of East Atlanta between Connecticut and Arizona Avenues N.E.
“When a group of Lake Claire neighbors learned that the ridge that borders their neighborhood also forms the Eastern Subcontinental Divide, they thought others would want to know too - that they live at the top of the watershed(s),” Kathy Evans, who was the lead organizer of this project, said in an email to the AJC.
Initially, the thought was to post informational panels to mark the Subcontinental Divide and the two watersheds. The idea grew as Evans walked her beagle one day, according to Fichter.
Evans’ vision expanded to an illustration of not only the waterways but also the native plant life and animals one would see along the way.
Sharing her idea with neighbor, Bill Fleming, he knew exactly who should paint it.
The entire process took several years, according to Fichter. Commissioned by the Lake Claire Neighborhood Association, the actual work on the wall took about 1 1/2 years and was dedicated on Earth Day, April 22, 2007.
The mural is divided into thirds: On the left are the waterways that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, in the center are the communities on the Eastern Sub-Continental Divide and on the right are rivers that empty into the Atlantic Ocean.
Stop next time you are in the area and walk along the mural to see how the stories unfold.
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