Railroad Artifact Sculpture Makes its Debut

Since receiving a donation from the Georgia Chapter of the International Interior Design Association to install a piece of permanent art made of rail artifacts from the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, we’ve been anticipating the piece’s debut. A panel selected Phil Proctor’s proposal out of 20 submissions, and we think the finished product looks even better in real life than it did on paper. Proctor’s Corinthian Column represents Atlanta’s architectural and railroad history and recalls the Corinthian columns on the façade of the former Union Station, the city’s main railroad station, demolished in 1972. It is located on the Eastside Trail at the north end of the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.

This 23-foot tall column is made from old rails and other artifacts that were removed from the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. They are now back in the corridor in a transformed state as a permanent piece of public art.
This 23-foot tall column is made from old rails and other artifacts that were removed from the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. They are now back in the corridor in a transformed state as a permanent piece of public art.

The corinthian column is going on display just as dozens of temporary pieces are being installed for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, which begins on September 7.

Phil Proctor, the artist, installing the Corinthian Column on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
Phil Proctor, the artist, installing the Corinthian Column on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail.

Phil installed the piece on Monday, August 26.

During installation, Proctor had to set the "capitol" in place atop the column
During installation, Proctor had to set the “capitol” in place atop the column.

 

Here is the installed column, viewed from the Skatepark.
Here is the installed column, viewed from the Skatepark.

And no piece of art is complete without the signature of the artist.

The artist's signature near the base of the column.
The artist’s signature near the base of the column.

 

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  1. I had the chance to see the column in person yesterday. It’s a very stunning visual, and works perfectly against its eclectic urban backdrop. My personal thanks to the artist, Phil Proctor, for taking such great care with the assembly. His craft and attention to detail was well-noted. Thanks also to the Atlanta BeltLine for creating unique opportunities for artists and audiences to enjoy and interact with such wonderful works of art.

    1. The column is one of the nicest pieces of ABL art to date. It is hard to believe it is reused materials. Well placed too.

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