Meet the Mailboxes
Woodruff Park's ArtSwap ATL installation features five mailboxes designed by local artists, all of which encourage park visitors to take art and leave art. The program was imagined by local high school students, inspired by Atlanta's "Free Art Friday" movement, and implemented with the support of Spark Corps, ADID, and Southwest Airlines.
Read on to learn more about each of the ArtSwap mailbox artists.
Donna Howells | @70dot
"At 70, I began Krog tunnel murals. I am 70dot on Instagram. I often paint my Cabbagetown neighborhood as I imagine it was a hundred years ago, in a bright, whimsical, folk art style. My formal art training is reflected in my other art pieces. This Woodruff Park mailbox shows my love for animals and Cabbagetown."
Rory Hawkins | @Catlanta
Catlanta, aka Rory Hawkins, is an Atlanta based artist primarily known for his colorful and fun paintings of cats. He shares his work with the people of Atlanta via murals, gallery work, and interactive art scavenger hunts. Rory always enjoys a good sandwich and loves working in Atlanta, where opportunities for creatives are both plentiful and accessible.
Ayanna Smith | @art.by.ayanna
Ayanna Smith is a mixed media visual artist, urban grower, and mother of three sons. Born and raised in Atlanta, she is a community organizer, concentrating on social justice that expands the rights and capacities of black families. The images that Ayanna creates reflect the beauty of her ancestors, her love of things in their natural form, and the beauty and comfort in nature's incredible color palette.
Kandus Johnson | @KandusJohnson
"My name is Kandus Johnson, and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is not only my home, but also my inspiration. This is an amazing city with so much history and constant growth. Atlanta is frequently change, but yet remains the same. I love the vibe and community within Atlanta. I am honored to call this city home and look forward to the growing art scene and making people smile. Peace & Love."
Evil Twin Brother | @EvilTwinBrother
Evil Twin Brother is a joint creative effort between twin brothers and Atlanta natives that began in 2017. With installations dotted throughout the greater Atlanta rea, you have likely caught a glimpse of their work while sitting in traffic or roaming about the local neighborhoods. Small replicas of their larger installations are also "dropped" around town and left as gifts for people to claim as their own. This "ArtSwap ATL" mailbox highlights the medium(s) of choice utilized throughout their work and pays homage to the iconic Atlanta street artist Evereman.