As of Thursday, May 30, the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) secured a new location for the Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy mural at 133 E. Washington Street – one block from the Morton Theatre.
Thanks to the tenacity of ACAC volunteers, ACC staff, Mayor Kelly Girtz, elected ACC commissioners, and concerned citizens, the preparation of the mural will recommence on the west wall of the Costa Building. Over the past week, we’ve considered many alternatives–from purchasing panels to attach to historically protected walls to painting on other privately owned buildings within Hot Corner. The city’s management of this property and adjacent parking lot provides security from private property litigation. Artists Elio Mercado and Broderick Flanigan will begin work this weekend.
We remain disappointed that access to the Morton Building was disputed at the last minute, causing us to adjust plans that have been in the works for over two years. However, this new location provides a more prominent wall for this tribute to Hot Corner. Though the Hull and Washington Streets intersection is certainly the epicenter of Hot Corner, in its prime the Hot Corner district extended from Milledge to Lumpkin — and stretched north to First AME on Hull St. It’s our sincere hope that the new wall will retain the visibility and historic context that this story deserves, for that’s the spirit in which this mural concept was initially conceived. We are excited to begin work!
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