The December rain and cold weather has put a halt on Decatur’s MARTA overpass mural until early next spring. Artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre, who comprise the Milagros Collective, decided last Friday they had run out of time to complete the project this year.
Due to various reasons, particularly the discovery of lead paint on the steel support beams, the work didn’t begin until mid-November. Asteinza and Fillastre got most of the painting done on the side facing the police station — the bridge spans West Trinity Place at Atlanta Avenue — but they said they still need another week to complete the entire mural.
Meantime the pair was awarded a competitive residency program at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art from the end of December through January. They will return to Decatur the first week of April during spring break.
Also, Decatur’s Active Living was awarded a KaBoom! Play Everywhere grant that will fund additional artwork from Milagros under the bridge. Using similar motifs Asteinza and Fillastre will design a hopscotch court, a four-square court, a bench and other touches that will brighten the area considerably.
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