Easter hunt targets the work of street artist known as 'Catlanta'
April 23rd, 2011
08:20 PM ET

Easter hunt targets the work of street artist known as 'Catlanta'

Art lovers in Atlanta are on the prowl this weekend. But they're not after Easter eggs. Using social media to hunt for clues, they race from location to location seeking the ultimate prize: a palm-sized magnet shaped like a cartoon cat.

The magnets, each hand painted, are the brain child of a local artist who goes by the name of his creation: Catlanta.

To hear him tell it, the whole enterprise grew organically. The design came from a sketch of his own cats made "cuter." Initially, the artist painted the cat on walls around town but a chance discovery of magnet sheets outside a dumpster gave rise to the less permanent tag prized by fans. The artist says he’s done with spray painting, citing the controversy associated with that type of permanent marking: "I want this to be something that the city supports."

Read more about how Catlanta uses social media

While the artist has hundreds of gushing fans online, not everyone shares the excitement. Peggy Denby, who works with community groups and elected officials to eradicate graffiti, says she thinks his work may violate the city's code.

None of this seemed to bother Catlanta's fans as the Easter kitten hunt ended Saturday, with those who narrowly missed out Tweeting their tales of woe. These fans they may have another chance when the hunt resumes next week.

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  1. Amana Fridgadair

    I've got the magnet..It will cost you a bologna and cheese sandwich to get it back... .

    April 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eggwhitespinachavo omelette

    don't eat yolk's on friday's.

    April 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    They can't do Easter in Iran. Iran is dammed-Jim

    April 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. trex

    Its Obamas fault. If he was born here, this wouldnt happen. Look, the easter bunny is here again, and he's wearing trumps wig.

    April 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ole Lady

    I just finished filling 130 plastic eggs with goodies for the hunt tomorrow. I'm stoked!! Hope everyone has a happy easter day with their family and friends.

    April 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Wish I were there with you Ole Lady , nite. I'm gonna fall back to sleep now.

    April 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. this just isn't

    All your personalities will be refreshed to see something a little more on topic.
    A violent uprising in Saudi Arabia would be awful. It would also bring $20 DOLLAR A GALLON GASOLINE.

    April 24, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Laura

    Peggy Denby sounds like a fun hater.

    April 24, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • catlanta

      Right? I could see if she knew about the project and didn't enjoy it, but to hate on it because it breaks a sign ordinance is a bit much. Keep Atlanta Beautiful should become Keep Atlanta Boring.

      April 24, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    MEOW...

    April 24, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Psyclops

    Woo! A painted magnet. I think I just creamed myself from excitement. Yes lead me through the streets of Atlanta on a chase for some stupid magnet that I'm competing with other ta-rds over. Like chasing after an imaginary friend even when you catch it you're still a loser.

    April 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    did you know that cats dont always land on ther feet..

    i put my cat in the washing machinse then put it on spin cycle..

    after 1 minute remove the cat and trow him in the air.. 99% of the time they land with a thud and are stuck on the carpet for atleast 5 minutes..

    April 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      LOLOLOL

      April 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ole Lady

    I know a three legged cat that hops sideways.

    April 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ole Lady

    His name is leggins.

    April 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ole Lady and RUFFNUTT... you 2 have to be the same person. Who is this?

    April 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ole Lady

    Has a hard time in the litter box though.

    April 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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