Atlanta's Public Art

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The public art in Atlanta includes a broad range of media, subjects, styles, and artistic merit. Statuary and figurative sculpture, often in bronze, memorialize historic individuals, while contemporary sculpture includes large-scale abstract works in stone, stainless or weathering steel, and other materials. Street artists and muralists have created more than 1,000 urban murals throughout the city, including large and colorful abstract “canvases,” with thematic subjects referencing sports, nature, social issues, the city’s African American and Hispanic communities, and Atlanta’s leadership in the civil rights movement. Some guerrilla artists began as traffickers of graffiti who tagged buildings, railroad boxcars, and underpasses, creating iconic compilations such as the Krog Street Tunnel. Street art styles embrace photo-realism, abstract expressionism, or folk, op, or pop art, with the latter inspired by fantasy, comic-strip graphics, or Goth. Native Atlantan Alex Brewer (also known as HENSE) has executed commissions from Peru to Australia, while artists from Barcelona, Rome, and Zimbabwe have contributed to Atlanta’s status as an international city.
ISBN: 9781467107396
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 251
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Robert M. Craig is an architectural historian, photographer, and frequent contributor to art and architecture journals. A professor emeritus of Georgia Tech’s College of Design, he has authored 12 books, including many about Atlanta, where he has lived since 1973.
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