Boling Park Basketball Court Mural, 2022
1200 Marietta Highway
A collaboration of the Canton Cultural Arts Commission and Art in the Paint (www.artinthepaint.org)
Canton Wildflower Mural, 2022
Historic Doss Building, 192 North Street
Professional artist Madison Beaulieu transformed this 62-foot-long wall at North and Lee streets in Downtown Canton with bright coneflower blooms.
A finalist in the City’s search for the Railroad Street muralist in 2020, Beaulieu grew up in Cherokee County and has worked as a creative in graphic design and printmaking for several years. Her studio is located in Woodstock’s Made Mercantile. She has previously created murals in Duluth and Woodstock among others.
Beaulieu’s wildflower mural concept is bold and whimsical. A perfect backdrop for visitor photos, the public art piece creates community and highlights the City of Canton’s focus on sustainability. Georgia’s popular purple coneflowers are a native perennial while the state’s smooth coneflower variety is listed as endangered. Native wildflowers in local gardens and yards are encouraged to help bolster pollinator populations.
“I chose cheery wildflowers as the subject for this mural because they are so important to our local ecosystem,” explains Beaulieu. “Our native wildflowers help make Georgia a beautiful place to live and play! I’m so excited to create this mural with the City of Canton. They are so supportive of public arts and the arts community; I’m honored to work alongside them.”
Sculptures, The Mill on Etowah
225 Reformation Parkway
The Marietta and North Georgia Railroad reached Canton in 1879, setting the stage for the development of the Canton Mills by providing affordable transportation for goods and services. This sculpted circle created with railroad spikes represents the mill family community whose lives were interwoven through hard work and shared values.
For thousands of years, Native Americans lived and thrived on lands along the Etowah River. The mighty Cherokee nation was the last tribe indigenous to this area. Their forced removal in the late 1830s resulted in the Trail of Tears.
Both Interwoven and Native American are by artist Jiovnni Tallington, a sculptor working in ceramics, wood, steel, and mixed media. Tallington’s recent steel sculptures use geometric forms paired with organic lines and surface treatment to suggest the malleability of a seemingly immovable material.
East Garden Sculptures, History Cherokee
221 East Marietta Street
You Are Here, Huelani Mei Fogelman
Ta-la, White Oak, Huelani Mei Fogelman and Carl Moore
Poultry Pioneers, Huelani Mei Fogelman
Historic North Street Mural
Painted several years ago by Canton artist and Atlanta College of Art graduate Scott McIntyre, this mural series shows both historic and present day Canton. The series, facing North Street along the back of buildings that front Main Street, was a project of Canton Main Street and the now-closed Cherokee County Arts Center.
Railroad Street Mural/Legs Through Time, 2020
What’s 3 feet tall and has more than 400 legs? The Railroad Street mural wall! This 540-foot long wall borders the backside of Downtown Canton’s historic The Mill on Etowah.
When Main Street Canton and the City of Canton put out a call for artist concepts to create a Railroad Street mural in early 2020, a group of Cherokee County art teachers couldn’t resist using the call as an opportunity to teach. Led by artist Shanna Coulter, the group of dedicated educators won the mural project thanks to their creative use of legs to tell the story of Canton’s history.
Researching with assistance from History Cherokee, various Cherokee County school libraries, and the internet, the artists – known as Local Color Artist Collective – were able to create an accurate timeline that moves chronologically from black and white, sepia, Kodachrome, and finally to full color. While the group could not include every meaningful moment in time, the “Legs through Time” mural manages to reveal history through captivating images and takes visitors right up to 2020 and early 2021 – a difficult and socially-distanced time for everyone due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The City of Canton is excited to use public art as a tool to highlight our history in a historic location. “Public art not only grows economic development and boosts tourism, public art makes place, creates community, bridges gaps, and connects people,” explains Canton City Councilor Brooke Schmidt.