Art comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and shapes, but murals are the easiest to find throughout Alabama.
In fact, there are so many states in the northernmost counties of the states, and the Decatur Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourism Association has decided to promote the so-called North Alabama Mural Trail.
The “Trail” contains more than 125 works across 16 counties, including limestone. Athens itself houses multiple stops along the route.
Alabama Mountain Lakes offers an online download on northalabama.org, where participants can track where the included murals are and check in at each stop using the GPS of the phone.
“We all thrive by working together in a united effort to promote nature, history and man-made attractions in the 16 county area,” the organization said on its website.
Teresatod, chairman of the Athens Limestone Tourism Association, a member of Alabama Mountain Lakes, said he believes the murals will drive people out of their homes and provide an opportunity to learn the history of where each piece is.
For example, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brittany Howard’s tribute board is now in the alleys of the Square merchants, not only celebrating talented artists, but also celebrating visitors who don’t know she’s from Athens. is showing.
The merchant alley as a whole is one of the stops listed on the mural trail. It also includes Athens murals by Athens high school students on Market Street as part of the 2018 200th Anniversary Celebration.
In addition, downtown is home to the Alabama Veterans Museum on Pryor Street, which is also part of the trail, and a mural honoring veterans outside the archive. You can also add other works of art from other parts of Athens and Limestone County to the list, such as butterfly murals in Ardmore.
Todd said he hopes to paint a brand new mural at the Big Spring Memorial Park in the near future. Her plan is to request a mural depicting Athens State University to commemorate the 200th anniversary.
“I thought it was great,” Todd said. “Maybe it describes some of the former presidents of the university, or some of the strong females who have worked there for years.”