By Maria Saporta
One of the most popular attractions along the Atlanta BeltLine is making a return appearance this fall — the semi-annual “Art on the BeltLine.”
More than 70 innovative works of performance and visual art have been selected for the largest temporary public art project in Atlanta. Eight miles of paved and interim hiking trails around the 22-mile BeltLine corridor will provide the public space for the two-month long exhibition.
“The Atlanta BeltLine has made public art a priority, and this year is no exception,” said Paul Morris, the recently named new president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), said in a statement. “Thanks to our great partners, sponsors and artists, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine will once again allow the public to experience the wonder of the Atlanta BeltLine in new and exciting ways with visual and performance art.”
Public art is one component of the multi-faceted development project, which primarily follows rail corridors that once encircled the downtown business area. ABI said public art is one component of the overall project, which includes transit, multi-use trails, greenspace and affordabe housing.
The Art on the BeltLine exhibits began in 2010. The Eastside Trail opened in October 2012, and this will be the first exhibit that with the trail being open for the duration of the project.
More than 150 proposals were submited and more than70 visual and performance pieces were selected — including works of sculpture, dance, murals, theater, outdoor concerts, parades, performance art, and others
“The City of Atlanta is once again proud to partner on Art on the Atlanta BeltLine,” said Camille Russell Love, director of City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, in a statement. “This fourth exhibition will continue this tradition of temporary art along the Atlanta BeltLine, fostering communication between artists and the public, and interaction among the individual neighborhoods.”
In early February, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs distributed a call for artists to solicit outdoor, temporary works of art. The temporary art is in addition to the year-round art collection located throughout the corridor, featuring work that is incorporated into the environment and design of the Atlanta BeltLine.
A working group of volunteers from other arts and cultural organizations also want to involved with the project.
The Art on the 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 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.
From September through November, visual installations and performances will be concentrated in the following areas along the Atlanta BeltLine:
· Between Montgomery Ferry Road and Monroe Drive
· Between Monroe Drive and Irwin Street (Eastside Trail)
· Between Wylie Street and Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown
· Between Washington Park and Allene Avenue in southwest Atlanta
Below is the list of artists:
Amy Pursifull, Santiago Páramo & Juan Ricardo Forero
Beacon Dance, Martha Wittington and Phyllis Free
Crossover Movement Arts
Full Radius Dance
Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy”
Mass Transit Muse
Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective
N.E.M. Art Collective
Past Prime Players, Inc.
Toni Marie Young
Twinhead Theatre and Thimblerig Circus
W. (Raymond W Tilton) + S. Bedford
Ana Maria Paramo
Bryan Alcorn and Frank Fralick
Chris Jones and Bud Shenefelt
David Lewis Bean
Drew Tyndell and Christopher Derek Bruno
Edell Carson Parker III
Emerging Worlds Ceramics
J. Alex Schechter
Joshua Sheridan and Callie Durham
Juliann Tompkins “@Tangranimals”
Justine Rubin and Robin Finch
Kenneth Lock Bridger
Kyle Brooks and Molly Rose Freeman
M. Tarver Siebert
Meta Gary and Cotter Christian
Robin Morris and H.E.R. People
Santiago Menendez Gil
Susan Kang and Whitney Ashley