Famous angel wing artist Kelsey Montague brings her work to downtown Columbus

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Aflac employee helps bring internationally known street artist to Columbus

An internationally known street artist from Colorado brought her talents to Columbus Friday.

And the result was amazing.

Kelsey Montague — known for her interactive wings paintings – did her magic in downtown on an 11th Street building.

Aflac commissioned Montague to do the work.  And it was an idea brought to the company by one of its employees. 

It took less than two hours for Montague to finish the work.

She listened to Beyoncé while she painted. Most people walking past had no idea who she was.

Others do, though. Taylor Swift has posed in front of her work New York City and the photo went viral.

Her interactive art from New York to Nashville to Poland. 

“With this, I am really hoping that people will realize this is for them,” she said. “It is my way of giving my art to somebody else. It is like a gift and I really want it to be like that. Also, to make someone smile and to think about what lifts them and inspires them.” 

Aflac employee Michael Porter is the one who made this happen. And he could not be happier. 

“I love art,” he said. “I love public art. And I really wanted to see more of it here in uptown. And I see Kelsey’s wings as being interactive art and it will be a perfect fit for the community. So, I have been following Kelsey for a couple of years now. And I have been seen her art and all it has done all over the world. If it can happen all over the world, it can happen in Columbus, Georgia.  

Taylor Schuler lives in Columbus, and she saw a WRBL Facebook live of Kelsey painting Friday morning. She is exactly the person who will flock to this spot. 

“I am an artist myself,” she said. “So, I recently discovered her work when my boyfriend, Hunter, and I went to Nashville. We do have a couple of pictures in front of her big wings in The Gulch in Nashville. We also have a picture in front of her hot air balloon in Nashville. It’s beautiful.” 

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