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Courtesy of Chris Condon

The Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System has just finished Phase I of a major capital overhaul. That has included building eight new libraries, all of which include commissioned public art pieces through Fulton County's Arts in Public Places Resolution, which says that one percent of all capital funding must go towards installing and maintaining public art.

Fulton County commissioned artist Chris Condon to create work for the East Roswell Branch, which opened to the public in February 2015. His project “New Growth Forest” brings the outdoors indoors.

Courtesy Malek Jandali

Malek Jandali is a multi-faceted talent. The German-born, Syrian-American pianist is best known as a concert pianist and composer. The Arab Spring in 2012 and the ongoing Syrian Civil War have focused his musical gifts on activism and humanitarian work.

"Homeage to King" at the King National Historic Site
Al Such / WABE

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.

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"). 

Brenna Beech / WABE


A visit to Philadelphia inspired Atlanta-area civic leaders to start a public art campaign that they hope will reflect the region’s many communities and its diverse history.

On “City Lights,” Gregory Burbidge, a senior program specialist with the Atlanta Regional Commission, detailed the Atlanta Regional Public Art Program to host Lois Reitzes.

Courtesy Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Travelers flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are seeing a car ad where there was once a mural commemorating the 1996 Olympic games.

At least for now. 

The airport’s advertising contract was just renewed by Clear Channel. Hartsfield-Jackson spokesperson Reese McCranie says that meant searching the airport for new ad space.  

“One of those areas is at the top of the escalators as passengers come in and are welcomed to the city of Atlanta,” McCranie says.

Tiny Doors ATL's mascot, Rosie, cuts the ribbon on the newly-installed door #6, on the Beltline behind Paris on Ponce.
Myke Johns / WABE

As Atlanta was getting a brief respite from the rain on a Saturday afternoon in April, a small group was gathering on the BeltLine for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This wasn’t for a new business or one of those fancy new mixed-use developments, these folks were gathered behind Paris on Ponce for something much smaller … something tiny.

Myke Johns spoke to the directors of Tiny Doors ATL about what the big deal is with these little works of art.

Photos by James Prinz Photography / Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

In 1992, artist Nick Cave picked up a twig. He then proceeded to collect all the twigs in the park. He brought them to his studio, drilled holes in them and applied them to an understructure.

Initially, this twig mass was supposed to be a sculpture, but when the whole thing was assembled, he realized he could put it on like a suit.

“And the moment I put it on, and I put it in motion,” Cave says, “sound was then generated. So that’s really the origin of the Soundsuit.”

The Best of City Cafe for 2014

Jan 2, 2015
Francine Reed
Georgia Department of Economic Development

2014 has proved to be another busy year for both City Cafe and the city of Atlanta. Our reporting has taken us to rooftops, through forests, and into the lives of seemingly ordinary folks with extraordinary stories. As this year ends and the new one begins, we present some of our favorite features of '14.

Singer Francine Reed on Her Career and Recognition

Jason Parker / WABE

Northeast Atlanta's iconic Krog Street Tunnel is looking a bit less colorful today.

That's after about 100 protesters spent Wednesday night covering with concrete-grey paint the constantly-changing piece of Atlanta's graffiti culture.

“I think artists were upset that their work was being used to promote and sell tickets to this party without any compensation to them,” said local artist Peter Ferarri, who was among those repainting the tunnel Wednesday night. 

Crystal Dumpster by David Baerwalde & Alex Martinez
Goat Farm Dumpster Project

The Goat Farm is putting art in the trash…sort of. The art center is curating a project called Dumpsters. 20 Atlanta artists have been given big metal trash receptacles—as the title would suggest—to create a work of public art. It’s part of this year’s Elevate, the Office of Cultural Affairs’ week-long public art event. WABE’s Myke Johns spoke with some of the artists involved and has the story.

Krog Tunnel
Evan Jang / WABE

Northeast Atlanta’s Krog Street Tunnel is an ever-changing tapestry of graffiti — as much urban art installment as traffic and pedestrian thoroughfare.

In a few weeks, the iconic tunnel will close for part of the weekend to host for the first time what promoters call a European-like masquerade.

Renyoldstown resident Greg Frayser said the closure is inconvenient, but he’s more concerned with how promoters approached the Oct. 25th masquerade.

“The event was sold as having the full support of the community, and that clearly is not the case,” he said.

On the Doll's Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park
Dan Raby / WABE

  We Atlanta residents may suffer an unusual sort of fatigue.

Living in a place known for continually re-making itself, and for forgetting its own history, many of us almost tire from hearing repeated claims of the "discovery" of "little-known" pieces of that history. I mean, how much forgotten history can there be?

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

 Today is the first day of the Living Walls 2014 Conference. The annual five-day event invites local and international artists to come paint the town, creating street art in neighborhoods all over the city. This year's event features 18 murals. But this year, the conference is also enlarging its focus.

Gregor Turk

Look out Atlanta... he's back!

The eyes of Civil War Union General William T. Sherman are once again upon Atlanta, plastered on five billboards along the Atlanta Beltline.

It’s the third part of the temporary public art installation called “Apparitions,” which was commissioned by Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Art.

Kate Sweeney / WABE

  A celebration of the University Avenue Public Art Project takes place Saturday afternoon at 352 University Avenue in southwest Atlanta. The event will showcase the unveiling of three twenty-foot high-relief sculptures celebrating the past, present and future of southwest Atlanta’s neighborhoods. 

The project has been in the works for over a year, and, as WABE’s Kate Sweeney reports, it’s about a whole lot more than simple beautification.

352 University Avenue.

The Bitter Southerner's Love Note To Atlanta

Apr 22, 2014

Chuck Reece decided to call the web magazine he edits The Bitter Southerner because he was, as he freely admits, feeling bitter toward his native South at the time.  In fact, Reece talked about his then-fledgling online journal with WABE's Steve Goss last year.

  But that name is arguably a misnomer for a publication that so clearly adores so much about the modern South.

Katie King / WABE

If you walk down Peachtree Street in Midtown this weekend, you might have a sense that something is missing when you stroll by the Woodruff Arts Center.

You’re not imagining things. A sculpture by Alexander Calder that’s been an artistic landmark for more than 25 years is leaving town.  WABE’s Kate Sweeney has more.

Living Walls Arts Conference Continues to Grow

Aug 19, 2013
Aleck Ragsdale / WABE

You may have noticed new murals Atlanta. They’re part of the Living Walls street art conference. With the city’s permission the group brings artists from around the world to paint walls and even entire buildings.