Tour Stop #5: Public Art Stop: Bright City WILD and Cherry Street Mural

Cherry Street Mural Painting

Public art continues to enhance downtown’s public spaces and create a sense of place in our urban core. In 2021, two major public art projects were installed along Cherry Street. 

NewTown’s own Chief of Staff and Vice President for Development, Erin Keller, was one of four award winners of the Love Your Street contest through Bike Walk Macon. Erin submitted a proposal to install traffic calming measures along downtown’s two busiest thoroughfares -Cherry Street and Poplar Street. In February, 50 volunteers gathered to help paint the mural you see on Cherry Street. Local artist Erin Hawkins designed the mural which pays tribute to the Ocmulgee River and Macon’s own Little Richard -the music notes are to the tune of the chorus of “Southern Child.”

In the alley facing Cherry Street, colorful birds help your imagination take flight as part of Bright City WILD. Bright City is an outdoor display of illuminated photographs depicting what makes Macon a unique community. This year, photos express the theme WILD and capture the beauty, serenity, fragility, or ferocity of nature as it relates to Macon. NewTown Macon partners with Dashboard, a public art agency based in Atlanta, annually to curate and produce Bright City thanks to support from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Be sure to stop by after dark when the photos are illuminated!