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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces New Landmark Public Art for the City of Atlanta

Post Date:11/22/2017 10:09 AM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2017

 News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces New Landmark Public Art for the City of Atlanta

Atlanta City Council approves ordinance with a unanimous vote

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed today announced the acquisition of landmark public art for the City of Atlanta. The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the City to acquire nine new pieces of art for a total investment of nearly $4.4 million; the nine works will be installed at sites in Downtown, Midtown and Southwest Atlanta, and will make the highest level of art available to the public. The acquisition is funded by the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond program.

“Great cities have great art, and this art should be accessible to all its residents and visitors,” said Mayor Reed. “Atlanta is the cultural center of the Southeast and influences national and international culture, yet we lacked the type of public art found in other leading cities. I am proud that my Administration was able to acquire these nine works, which I believe honor our diversity, while bringing public spaces to life and capturing the public’s imagination. I offer my thanks to our Curatorial Committee members and the Atlanta City Council for their partnership in this effort.”

On par with acquisitions in Houston, Charlotte, Seattle, Denver, Portland, and Chicago – as well as in leading cities across the globe – this acquisition of landmark public art brings Atlanta into the global conversation around cities and culture, urban life and contemporary art. The public will be able to view each of the works for free, without the barrier of a membership fee or ticket.

The nine artists chosen are:

  • Alicja Kwade;
  • Willie Cole;
  • Byung Hoon Choi;
  • Ryan Gander;
  • Yinka Shoniebare MBE;
  • Juame Plensa;
  • Ugo Rondinone
  • Katharina Grosse; and
  • Radcliffe Bailey.

“I am thrilled that nine new and significant works of public art will enliven key streets and parks in Atlanta. The Community Foundation is proud to have been involved with the planning and development of this important project,” said Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Earlier this year, Mayor Reed established the Renew Atlanta Public Art Curatorial Committee to advise on selecting artists and artwork. Committee members were selected for their curatorial expertise and community arts leadership. Committee members include:

  • Lisa Cremin, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Chairwoman; 
  • Andrea Barnwell, Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; 
  • Sarah Schleuning, Curator of Decorative Arts, High Museum of Art; 
  • Alexandra Sachs, Executive Director, SCAD FASH (museum); 
  • Daniel Fuller, Curator, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; 
  • Nickitas Demos, Director, Center for Collaborative and International Arts, Georgia State University; 
  • Rebecca Cochran, Curator, Weiland Collection; 
  • Shawyna Harris, Curator, African American and African Diasporic Art, Georgia Museum of Art; 
  • Madison Cario, Director, Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech; 
  • Victoria Camblin, Editor and Artistic Director, Art Papers; and 
  • Milton Clipper, retired CEO, PBA/WABE.

The City of Atlanta is proud of our permanent collection of public artworks and installations. These new works represent a higher caliber of art, which the City hopes will serve as a catalyst for private investments and public-private partnerships in the future.

Under the Mayor’s leadership and in partnership with the Atlanta City Council, the City of Atlanta has sought to deepen and expand our collective cultural assets. Over the past eight years, the Reed Administration has invested in Atlanta’s large and small cultural institutions and protected funding for local artist and festivals. More than $20 million has been allocated to the Office of Cultural Affairs to look for new ways to increase public engagement with Atlanta’s arts and culture.


For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed


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