The Johns Creek Tunnel
When is the last time you walked THROUGH a piece of art? The Johns Creek Tunnel is the City’s newest attraction and tells the story of the city it calls home. The Tunnel is unlike any other mural in the Atlanta Metro, wrapping the entire length of the pedestrian underpass the runs beneath Medlock Bridge Rd./SR 141, just south of McGinnis Ferry Rd.
This unique piece of art is a result of collaboration between the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Johns Creek, Georgia Department of Transportation, Urban Catalyst Lab, artists Hanif Kureshi and William Massey; and countless volunteers from the Johns Creek Arts community. The design was brought to life by internationally esteemed mural artist, Hanif Kureshi, from New Delhi, India in April of 2018. Kureshi’s work has been exhibited around the globe at venues such as the London Design Biennale, Venice Biennale, and Centre Pompidou; however, The Johns Creek Tunnel is his first work completed in the US.
The design was inspired from community discussion of the area’s rich history, as well as the diversity that is celebrated today. “This project is celebrating unity. It tells a story of how a diverse community, such as Johns Creek, came into being, where it’s at now, and where it has the potential to go,” says Massey.
Overlapping geometric shapes symbolize the geography of Johns Creek’s community areas, while Kureshi’s signature letterforms represent the many languages spoken by the diverse ethnicity of Johns Creek residents, both past and present. Stand at a central point outside the east entrance, and the design takes the shape of both a heart and peace sign, illustrating the sense of unity described from the community.
The Johns Creek Tunnel is conveniently located walking distance to the Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Johns Creek and connects business and leisure visitors to nearby restaurants and shops. The east entrance of the tunnel is located near street address 11695 Medlock Bridge Rd.