ABOUT EN ROUTE
En Route is proud to announce the completion of its first mural, displayed on the King Memorial MARTA station. The concept for the mural was created by Lead Artist Fahamu Pecou, with a particular respect to both the history of the neighborhoods surrounding the station and the feedback gathered by the residents who live there. The text portion of the mural, “Rise Above”, is a reference to a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For En Route, WonderRoot is partnering with MARTA, Fulton County Arts & Culture, and The TransFormation Alliance – a collaboration among community advocates, policy experts, non-profit and for-profit developers, transit providers and government agencies – to create meaningful, aesthetically imaginative, high quality, text-based murals that explore issues of access, mobility and public transportation.
Funding for En Route is provided in part from a prestigious $50,000 grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Fulton County Arts and Culture, and additional funding support from Wells Fargo, the Ford Foundation, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Atlanta Regional Public Art Program of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Because sustainable, positive community change is only possible if a multiplicity of voices contribute to shaping the direction of the conversation, a key component of En Route will be public art’s role as a vehicle for community building and strengthening. The finished murals will enhance the lives of neighborhood residents and transit users and articulate a shared viewpoint, made possible through deep dialogue between individuals with a range of perspectives.
Currently a Ph.D. student at Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts, Pecou is a visual artist who works to combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture, addressing concerns regarding the contemporary representation of black masculinity. His work is featured in national and international collections including Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture, The High Museum of Art, and Societe Generale (Paris), among others.