Abstract in Atlanta: Tiffany & Co. Celebrates Its New Store With a Colorful Mural by Local Artist Alex Brewer

Tiffany & Co. tapped artist Alex Brewer to create the mural adorning the entrance of its new Atlanta store.

Alex Brewer Hense. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
Alex Brewer, the artist formerly (and still kind of) known as Hense. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Last week, Tiffany & Co. opened its second Atlanta outpost and commissioned a homegrown art talent to paint a 65-foot-long mural to adorn the entrance. Alex Brewer specializes in bringing abstraction to public spaces.

He said of the piece, “It’s kind of a combination of my language with more of a Tiffany color palette.”

Detail of Alex Brewer’s new mural for Tiffany & Co. in Atlanta. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Yes, variations of the trademarked Tiffany Blue dominate. Pops of yellow nod to the brand’s legacy gemstone, tanzanite, and of course the iconic Tiffany Diamond. The 4,700-square-foot shop is in high-end Lenox Square, and represents the new design direction of Tiffany & Co. spaces. They’re at once contemporary and inviting. A Lobmeyer chandelier composed of Tiffany Blue crystal hangs above curvilinear walls, rounded displays cases, and blond oak parquet flooring. Brewer’s mural serves as a portal to the space.

Tiffany's new invitingly curvilinear Atlanta flagship. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany’s new invitingly curvilinear Atlanta store. Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

“I kind of played off the direction that they were going with their new store,” Brewer said of his mural. “I basically used my current vocabulary, curves, and interlocking forms, but then also just started to kind of think more about the softness of their store.”

Brewer has come a long way from his graffiti beginnings, which was perfect on-the-job training to learn how to seamlessly place art in the public sphere. He still uses his tag name, Hense. “It’s been a while since I’ve done any unsanctioned work,” he said. “The last decade and a half has been focused on public art projects and studio work.”

An installation view from the 2021 "Paintings and Wall Drawings" exhibition in Rouen, France. Courtesy of the artist.

Installation view from Alex Brewer’s 2021 “Paintings and Wall Drawings” exhibition in Rouen, France. Courtesy of the artist.

Brewer’s in-demand and colorful public works abstractions have been commissioned across a wide swath of states and in international locales as far-flung as Taipei, Taiwan; Cologne, Germany; and Lima, Peru, which was home to his most massive project to date, spanning 136 by 170 feet. He’s also had solo gallery shows in Rouen, France; Seville, Spain; and yes, Atlanta.

Passersby can enjoy the Tiffany & Co. mural until late spring 2023 when it’s dismantled to benefit an as-yet-undisclosed charity. “It’s a sustainability approach,” Brewer said. He will section off the pieces, sign the components, and turn them into smaller artworks— perfect for Tiffany Blue pops in any interior.

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