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MARTA Launches Its New Public Art Program

Jun 20, 2017
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MARTA is launching a program that might make its stations a little livelier. 

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The public transportation authority is kicking off its "ArtBound" program this year, which will bring static art and dance and music performances to stations across metro Atlanta. 

Keith Parker, MARTA's CEO, says this program could change up someone's commute and encourage other Atlantans to ride public transit. 

Courtesy of City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Even if you haven't heard of Steffen Thomas, perhaps you've seen his work: his sculpture “The Trilon,” which is prominently displayed at 15th and Peachtree in Midtown.

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Thomas did public art commissions for much of his career in Atlanta, but “The Trilon” was his gift to the city and situated him as one of the great pioneers of public art in Atlanta.

Darrell Hazelrig

Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Courtesy of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

The city of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs has a vision to enhance quality of life through arts and culture. One of its major yearly event puts the arts on very public display: ELEVATE, Atlanta’s public art festival since 2011.

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.   

Artist Caroline Caldwell, in front of her mural-in-progress on Edgewood and Hilliard Avenue in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
Joshua Gwyn / Living Walls

Atlanta's Living Walls went on a hiatus last year, and now, they are back.

The initiative is responsible for many murals around Atlanta. From 2010 to 2014, artists from around the world were invited to create public art on the streets of Atlanta. There was also a yearly conference on urbanism and street art. 

Living Walls' founder and executive director Monica Campana spent her year off in Philadelphia, working for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s huge public art project, Open Source.

Gabbie Watts

Parts of Atlanta are covered in murals, but what if there were one on every surface of our city? That’s the dream of some Georgia Tech freshmen, who are building a wall-climbing, spray-painting robot called the Color Slug.

The Color Slug was a finalist for the Goat Farm and Hambidge Center’s Field Experiments. Producer Gabbie Watts followed them through the process of making their first prototype for that competition. 

"Homeage to King" at the King National Historic Site
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February is Black History Month, which means that schools and families will be learning all about the history of the civil rights movement and the accomplishments of African-American scientists, inventors, civil rights leaders and more. Atlanta's history is jam-packed with prominent figures, and artists from all corners have built monuments dedicated to their accomplishments.

Atlanta houses gorgeous works inspired by the struggle for civil rights with a variety in genres – from reliefs to humongous copper statues.

Jennifer Wen Ma/Courtesy of Flux Projects

UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to weather.

On Saturday, Flux Night will take over the Old Fourth Ward. It is a massive public art installation put on by Flux Projects, an organization dedicated to art in public spaces. New York-based arts curator Nato Thompson was asked to craft the event this year.

The event, however, took a hiatus in 2014. Executive Director Anne Dennington said that was because Flux Projects needed to reconsider the event.

Artist, Fahamu Pecou, currently a Ph.D. student in Emory University's Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA), stands in front of his artwork at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga.
Bryan Meltz

New murals will soon adorn walls at four different MARTA stations.

In a city increasingly decorated with public art, this may not seem like such a big deal. But those behind the “En Route” project say the murals are just the start of a series of improvements that will integrate art, community and transit in Atlanta.

The first station to get the mural treatment will be King Memorial Station, in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn District.

The first test installation for Kennesaw State University's Ipomoea Project is meant to invoke grass in an inverted field.
Myke Johns

“Interactive theater” generally means performers mingling with the audience, breaking the fourth wall. But up at Kennesaw State University, the theater department is working on a different kind of interactivity.

They’re calling it the Ipomoea Project (pronounced "eye-po-mo-EE-ah").