Most urban tunnels and viaducts have their fair share of graffiti, but Atlanta’s Krog Street Tunnel stands apart from the rest—there’s barely an inch of unpainted space in it.
The short underpass was built in 1912. It connects the Atlanta neighborhoods of Cabbagetown and Inman Park, attracting residents from both sides who are looking for a place to make their mark with street art. The graffiti tradition in the tunnel dates back to the 1960s, and continues to this day.
From small tags to huge murals to underground festival flyers, the concrete walls and pillars are a chaotic kaleidoscope of overlapping and ever-shifting images, words, and ideas. The messages are a mix of political commentary, philosophical musings, and everything in between. People have even spray-painted marriage proposals on the walls.
The art changes on a regular basis, as artists cover up old work and build on top of existing art. Locals are protective of the tunnel, which serves as both art canvas and community message board.
Know Before You Go
The art in the Krog Street Tunnel is always changing, so you can see something different every time you go. You can walk or bike through the tunnel. Street parking is available nearby. It's free to visit.