Living Walls

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Living Walls, The City Speaks is an annual street art conference co-founded in 2009 by Monica Campana & Blacki Migliozzi. [1] The conference was first held in 2010,[2] it was originally held in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2011, a sister event, called "Living Walls, Albany" was also held in Albany, New York.[3]


During the events, local and invited artists create murals and other street art. Artists often paint directly on vacant buildings,[3] though always after showing plans to and acquiring permission from building owners.[2] According to the organizer of the Albany event, "The entire point of this project is revitalization";[3] the Atlanta events also included lectures and a gallery show.[2]

In 2012, only female artists were invited to participate.[4]


In 2012, the third year of the conference, the event ran into trouble with the Georgia state Department of Transportation (DOT) due to miscommunication from the city; this resulted in the DOT lacquering the street art piece, "An Allegory," produced by an artist invited by Living Walls.[5]

Another mural, created by an Argentine painter, Hyuro, depicted a nude woman, and was vandalized, it was removed after residents called the mural "pornographic." [6]


  1. ^ Blankenship, Jessica (13 August 2010). "Living Walls", Creative Loafing.
  2. ^ a b c Guzner, Sonia (22 August 2011). "'Living Walls' Speaks Out Through Street Art". The Emory Wheel. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Edwards, Kassata (24 August 2011). "Public art takes off in Albany". WRGB (CBS 6). Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  4. ^ Brown, Robbie. "Putting a Good Face on Street Art, to Upgrade Atlanta". Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ Bentley, Rosalind (17 December 2012). "Embattled mural prompts question: How much say should public have in public art?". THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ Brown, Robbie. "Outcry Brings Down Murals in Atlanta Art Project". NYTimes. Retrieved 27 June 2014.

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