Atlanta’s political rock star Congressman John Lewis just grew by 100 feet. Or, at least his face did as a mural in his image will now greet many of ATL’s downtown residents, tourists and businesses.
A staffer over at the congressman’s office sent me over some scoop on this epic project. Today many gathered as painter Sean Schwab unveiled the painting in an official ceremony that included, Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, Mayor Kasim Reed, actress Lynn Whitfield and more.
Per Channel 11 Alive:
Schwab came up with the idea after a chance meeting with Lewis about a year ago.
“He was here when we were a third of the way through,” Schwab said. “He came by and was so appreciative, and I felt honored and humbled that he loved it.”
The civil rights veteran is seeking his 14th term in Congress.
The Lewis campaign paid for part of the project, but Schwab donated his time. He insists the mural is not about politics.
“It’s about his legacy and history and just being a pioneer,” he added.
The mural covers one side of the Renaissance Lofts on Auburn Avenue at Jesse Hill Jr. Drive.
Schwab used six colors and finished the work over the span of eight days in July. Photographer Nick Allin documented his work.
“It was 100-plus degrees everyday,” he said. “I had a heat stroke one day. It was grueling.”
But he describes the work as a labor of love and hopes to do more murals of other historic figures across Atlanta. [Read More]
Hollywood actress Lynn Whitfield showed up to show love to the Congressman. Check her out showing love by posing with the Congressman’s staff.
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