A whole new perspective
So the whole time I’m talking to Fahamu Pecou, the artist of this mural, there’s this other man just sitting there nearby. As I’m about to leave, I say, “Were you involved, too?” He answers proudly, “Yes, I was. I was the crane operator.” Ira Pogue — from a small town named Camp Hill, Alabama — has worked for the Atlanta metro transit organization, MARTA, for 15 years and never experienced anything like he did during the eight or so 12-hour days in scorching heat during which this mural was created. “I had no idea how art like this is made. I have a whole new appreciation. I have a whole new perspective,” he told me.