Often overlooked in favor of larger cities like Nashville, Chattanooga, Tennessee has a thriving street art and mural culture if you know where to look. There are many neighborhoods beyond the tourist district that have been revitalized with colorful paint.
Most of these works are commissioned, rather than illegal “tags,” and are by local artists rather than those brought in. Groups like Public Art Chattanooga and The McCallie Walls Mural Project have set up these projects. For a list of murals around town, visit this page from the Chattanooga Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
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The city’s trendiest neighborhood is a great place to start your street art journey. The polka dot wall in an alleyway off Main Street (across from Clyde’s On Main) is a popular spot for photos, but the artist isn’t listed, as is the pizza mural at Southside Pizza.
Another food-centric mural is the donut by Joseph Giri at Koch’s Bakery, above, where you can step inside for a real pastry. The wall next to Main Street Meats has its own colorful pieces, as does the walls around Get Built Chattanooga CrossFit.
Martin Luther King Jr. District
The historic district that honors Martin Luther King Jr. has murals relevant to him and African-American history. The largest, above, titled “We Will Not Be Satisfied Until” is by Meg Saligman Studios and covers two sides of the building.
This neighborhood has so much pride that it has its own mural, above, by Clay Alexander that is located on the side of the building of The Refindery On McCallie.
The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park are an interesting way the city has showcased sculptures. They have their own app that informs visitors about pieces within the park.
Looking to learn more about the local art scene? Book a spot on the Chattanooga Art Tour.