The renowned Stan Herd and his non-profit The Herd Initiative have chosen Atlanta’s Freedom Park as the home to his newest Earth-mural, and it’s a touching tribute to the American poet and civil-rights hero, Maya Angelou (pictured above). Stan Herd has used Atlanta as his canvas for an eclectic mix of murals throughout his career.
From last year’s John Lewis mural in the same location of Freedom Park to a mural in Woodruff Park dedicated to Stephanie Wilson, the second African American woman to go into space, his newest mural is looking absolutely fantastic, so don’t miss out, y’all!
Maya Angelou is the focus of his new mural, with an image of the poet blown up into a huge art piece created using the Earth itself. The striking image of Angelou is joined by a little text, reading the title of her iconic poem And Still I Rise. The Missouri-born writer wrote seven autobiographies, three books of essays, as well as several books of poetry and beyond, all conjured together which enlisted Angelou as one of the many keys in the Civil Rights Movement.
Herd’s artworks have spanned 40 years and include commercial works with major companies, alongside his monumental fine art earthworks installed in countries across the globe. This latest addition is in collaboration with his non-profit and is testament to Herd’s work, and the messages and objectives parallel, which is giving those important voices and stories an amplified platform using art and the Earth itself.
The charitable and activist focus can be seen throughout Herd’s work. The Herd Initiative (Herd’s non-profit) work with The Giving Back Fund, who are dedicated to expanding the number of people and the amount of resources dedicated to giving.
So don’t miss out on Herd’s brand-new mural in Atlanta’s Freedom Park, located at Moreland Ave NE & North Avenue NE, 30308.