Goodbye, sweet prince – ‘Spirit of Atlanta’ mural is no more

We’ve all had that lousy flight where the guy next to you wouldn’t stop talking. Or maybe your plane was delayed by several hours and you just couldn’t wait to get home.

But no matter how much that trip stunk, there was always the promise of one beautiful art piece at the end of the road: the “Spirit of Atlanta” mural at the top of the stairs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s baggage claim.

Welp, that mural is no more, according to Creative Loafing. It had a good run since the 1996 Olympics but has now been replaced by a Porsche advertisement.

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There was that cute little girl signaling “touchdown.” Those children playing in the fountains.

And … that baby just chilling in his/her diaper that always left newcomers baffled.

Mural baby

The kids in the mural are in their 20s now, so it was clearly time to move on to something a little more modern. Airport spokeswoman Reese McCranie told AJC.com that they haven’t decided what will become of the 70-foot mural.

The Porsche ad will be featured on the wall through mid-June, at which point it will be replaced by a new digital screen, AJC.com also reported. Because technology is apparently here to stay, and the little chubby baby in the diaper is not.

Here’s what the wall looks like now:

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Corporate ads just never are as welcoming or adorable, you guys.

Photos via Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport


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