BrandonSadlerIf you drive up and down Irwin Street between the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park or have visited the Studioplex development in the last few weeks, you might have noticed the mural under way on the brick retaining wall that faces Irwin.

The mural is the work of Savannah College of Art and Design graduate Brandon Sadler. Using a graffiti and street-influenced style, the giant mural of Koi fish, lotus flowers and waves stretches across the wall that backs up to Serpas restaurant. The mural will be completed in time for the Studioplex Art Walk on Sept. 25 (

Sadler says of his work on the mural:

I’m really attracted to large scale work; the ability to throw all of yourself into the piece is a feeling unparalleled. I’ve done many murals in the past but this is by far the largest I’ve done. It’s a real challenge and I’m loving how the community is responding to it. I was puzzled by whether to go with traditional graffiti piece for the wall or bring something different to the street. I incorporate Eastern aesthetic into work frequently, I chose this design for is flow and captivating character. Koi fish are symbols of peace and prosperity and the lotus represents enlightenment and divinity. The two are floating through waves of gold. This image represents my own evolution as an artist and person, it represents the potential of the creative community in Atlanta, and it represents the value of forward thinking. The image, when I complete it, will really bring its viewers in and carry them down the street as if they were of the waves themselves. Like I said before I’m really impressed by the community’s responses and how God is working through me on this project. I anticipate great things to come. 

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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