Atlanta’s Largest Temporary Public Art Project Returns this September Featuring New and Returning Artists
Atlanta, July 21, 2011 – Following the success of its inaugural year, “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” is returning this fall, inviting residents and visitors to explore new segments of the Atlanta BeltLine that will be lined with unique displays of temporary public art. More than 145 proposals were submitted for inclusion, with 66 visual and performance pieces selected to become part of the exhibit, a 30 percent increase over last year.
A combination of new and returning artists will showcase dynamic installations and performances that draw the public onto the Atlanta BeltLine, an emerging system of parks, trails, transit and development that reclaims a 22-mile loop of historic and mostly unused rail around the City’s core.
“In only its second year, ‘Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’ has developed a reputation for providing a superior collection of public art that celebrates the tremendous progress being made along Corridor,” said Brian Leary, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “We are excited to present such engaging work that compels residents and visitors to experience the Atlanta BeltLine and see the highly anticipated parks and trails that have been completed.”
“The City of Atlanta is thrilled to support the return of ‘Art on the Atlanta BeltLine,’” said Camille Russell Love, director of City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “As Atlanta’s largest temporary public art project, we are confident that it will provide a wonderful array of art installations that benefit the entire city.”
In early February, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs distributed a call for artists for this unique art experience with the help of several organizations and institutions in Atlanta’s arts community.
The “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” working group includes volunteers from Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods, local artists, historic preservationists and organizations such as WonderRoot, Eyedrum, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the BeltLine Network, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Arts Council. The Atlanta Tool Bank is providing tools to support art installations.
This year, “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” will take place in new areas and parks along the Corridor to encourage residents to explore the redevelopment project in several of Atlanta’s unique neighborhoods.
From September through November, visual installations and performances will be concentrated in the following areas along the Atlanta BeltLine:
- West side – From Gordon White Park north to Washington Park
- West side – From Allene Ave. to Lee St.
- East side – From 10th St. and Monroe Dr. north to Montgomery Ferry Dr.
- Southeast side – From Wiley St. south to Memorial Dr.
The section of the Eastside corridor from 10th and Monroe to DeKalb Avenue will be closed during the exhibit for the construction of the Eastside Trail.
Below is the list of artists:
- Taranji L. Alvarado
- Ile Tambor
- Park Cofield & Co.
- Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery
- The Imperial Opa
- Gateway Performance Productions
- Giwayen Mata
- Spiral of Sound Crystal Bowl Choir
- Klimchak and Stuart Gerber
- Dashboard Co-op
- Dance Truck
- Krewe of Grateful Gluttons
- Duet for Theramin and Lap Steel and Robbie Land
- Twinhead Theatre
- Sonic Generator
- Priscilla Smith
- Cameron Stuart
- Zentropy and Crossover
- Beacon Dance
- Kebbi Williams Band with Strings and Michael Atwood Fergeson
- Stephen Audy
- Hadley Breckenridge
- HENSE & Born
- Kyle Brooks
- Living Walls
- Michael Carpenter
- Misao Cates
- Maria Ciavarro and Katie Hall
- earth muse art
- Jaynie Crimmins
- Jeff Demetriou
- Will Eccleston
- Tim Frank
- Jenn Garrett
- Sally Heller
- Thomas Barnwell and Laura Hennighausen
- Mike Jensen
- Colleen Jordan
- Jack Kinley
- JD Koth
- J. Richard Laupus & the Youth of Peoplestown, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Pittsburgh, & Adair Park
- Marquetta Johnson and the High Museum of Art’s Teen Team
- Christopher Moulder
- Iman Person
- Carol Rankin
- Elizabeth Ashley Kyber, Conrad Hamather, and Walt Ray
- Lucha Rodriguez & Paco Vergachette,
- Dr. Dax
- Mr. Never Satisfied
- Jason Alex Schechter
- Loss Prevention Collective
- Nathan Sharratt
- Eric Simonsen
- Travis Smith
- John Thigpen
- Ian Thompson
- Gregor Turk
- Cubby Lindsay West
- Alana Wolf, Kristin Juarez, Kamal and Rashid Nuri
- Harry Z
The “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” schedule will be released later this summer. Please check art.BeltLine.org for updates about this year’s artists and exhibits. Photos from last year’s exhibit are available here.
About the Atlanta BeltLine:
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), formed by the Atlanta Development Authority, is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.
Ethan Davidson, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
(404) 614-8325, edavidson@atlbeltLine.org