Three portraits. Six eyes. And they’re all looking at you from downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Center, an eat-shop-work destination. The 13,000-square-foot mural titled Symphony, chiefly the creation of French street artist Hopare (real name Alexandre Monteiro), can be seen along Peachtree Center Avenue.
Although he’s been a muralist for 15 years, Hopare has only worked internationally for the past six. Symphony is his first work in the Southeast. It took about a month to complete, and Hopare was assisted by a three-woman team, says Monica Campana, cofounder and executive director of Living Walls, a nonprofit that, to date, has facilitated more than 100 murals in the metro area.
Symphony should “promote harmony and sharing in the city,” Hopare says. It was commissioned by Peachtree Center and International Corporate Art (ICart), which connected Hopare and Living Walls. The mural was finished on time for Super Bowl LIII and isn’t going anywhere soon.
Atlanta in recent years has become one of the best U.S. cities for street art. In addition to Living Walls, muralist Greg Mike’s ABV Agency + Gallery and Art Rudick’s Street Art Map keep track of what’s going up and where.