Friday, December 17, 2021

Click on 41nbc.com/mural to go straight to the mural and follow the progress.

Weather permitting, work begins this Saturday, December 18, on MTA’s long awaited wrap-around mural at the MTA Transfer Station. In June, MTA was one of 23 recipients awarded a Downtown Challenge 2.0 Grant through the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Peyton Anderson Foundation.

The goal — to complete the expansive mural wall at MTA’s Transfer Station with bold, Macon-centric art to energize the dreary intersection of Fifth and Poplar Streets. MTA has a vested interest in that corner: in addition to pedestrian and vehicular traffic, every MTA bus on every route travels through that intersection multiple times a day, six days a week.

The search for a muralist began with a July 7 ART CALL in collaboration with Triangle Arts and Colin Penndorf. Twelve (12) submissions were presented to MTA’s board and a seven (7) member mural selection committee consisting of five (5) MTA employees, at every level, and two (2) members of Macon’s arts community met on August 2 to select the design. Each member’s perspective was important and all submissions were examined and judged on their beauty, educational value, and inspirational qualities.

The committee studied the artists’ required portfolio and resume to confirm that the winner was capable of completing a large, high-profile mural in a timely and professional manner. The 12 designs were culled to three (3), discussed further, and ranked in a secret ballot.

The committee selected Ethiopian artist and Georgia College art professor, Abraham Abebe, for his Spirit of Macon design.

Professor Abebe will use professional grade acrylic paints to complete the mural, priming and carefully prepping the surface before the painting begins, and will apply a high quality exterior mural varnish to ensure the artwork’s durability.

And MTA has an exciting lagniappe: Beginning midday on Saturday, December 18 you can watch the Spirit of Macon mural come to life on the 41NBC website. Simply type in: 41nbc.com/mural and you’ll be taken directly to the evolving mural.

Weather permitting, Professor Abebe will be working during the remaining days of December to complete the mural. Information on his progress will be updated in media releases and on the MTA Facebook page and website.

MTA invites you to watch as Abraham Abebe transforms MTA’s corner of the local transit universe with his enchanting design, the Spirit of Macon. And we can’t wait for you to see the finished mural — it’s magic.