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Original Artist Returns to Restore Washington Park Mural

Artist Carl Joe Williams restoring “Legends” a mural he originally created in 2003 for the the Washington Park Tennis Center.

It is always a wonderful sight when an artist can help restore their artwork and breathe life into it once again. In late November, artist returned to Atlanta to restore his mural “Legends” at the Washington Park Tennis Center.

A New Orleans native, Williams is a former student of the Atlanta College of Art, now the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His artwork bridges the space between two of the South’s most beloved cities – bringing some of Louisiana’s artistry to Atlanta’s Public Art Collection. Full of color, “Legends” features snapshots of tennis players in action and acknowledges the athletic lineage of the sport.

Originally added to the City of Atlanta Permanent Public Art Collection in 2003, “Legends” has endured almost two decades of weathering. Williams and his assistant performed an overall surface clean – including the removal of old, unstable pigments.

The duo also addressed paint failure across the mural by applying fresh paint and polishing all metal surfaces to renew their appearance. Finally, a coating of varnish was used to protect the newly restored work – enlivening the tennis center once again with bright colors and radiating energy.

Legends Before and After Restoration