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'Off the Wall' Super Bowl project brings 30 new murals to Atlanta

What is permanence? Is it a one-time event, amplified to the world? Is it a vision, spurred by the event, that will last far longer?

ATLANTA — For a week the Super Bowl brings a tornado of attention to its host city. But this year's game has planted visible seeds that will last long after the game.

For the last few months, 11 artists have been painting murals across Atlanta, commissioned because of the Super Bowl.

The project is called "Off the Wall." It's a partnership between the Super Bowl host committee and the nonprofit Wonderroot, an arts organization that for 15 years has infused Atlanta with art of the underrepresented. Artists are installing 30 murals, mainly in the downtown area, that will stand at least five years and take on major social issues.

"The murals are all about our common humanity," said artist Yehimi Cambron. "With just an image and a quote, I think you can say more than you can say with words."

Cambron was tabbed for three of the murals, two of which are complete. She is a teacher at Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County, and she is a recipient of DACA. One of her murals is a portrait of undocumented immigrants similarly brought to the U.S. when they were kids.


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