The Atlanta BeltLine Inc. has announced the 30 visual and performing artists who have been selected to contribute to a festival and exhibition to take place along eight miles of former railroad tracks between May and October.
As befits the christening of a public space, “Art on the BeltLine” embraces a wide variety of works. Expect to see a field of paper flowers, graffiti murals, a mythical creature called Gyrastacus, artist-made follies and sculpture of all sorts. Also on tap, to cite a few examples: African drumming, a lantern parade, modern dance, storytelling and poetry. See below for the complete list. (Images are proposal pieces.) Organizers hope to add more projects as funds become available.
This is a celebration of local arts and a come-on. Organizers hope that people thus lured to the BeltLine, especially those unfamiliar with it, will understand better how much fun it would be to walk, bike, train-ride and loll along the 22-mile loop and thus get behind it.
Community support, essential to the BeltLine’s success, is evident in the make-up of the group that helped plan the project and select the artists. It included representatives from BeltLine neighborhoods, historic preservationists and organizations such as WonderRoot, Eyedrum, SCAD, Atlanta BeltLine Inc., the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Arts Council.
Here’s the list of artists selected:
Park Cofield — Gyrastacus. A site-specific performance based on 19th-century hunting legends about a mythical creature called Gyrastacus. In a carnival environment, performers will discuss the beast, show sketches, tracks, and promote the unveiling of the great animal. In another performance, the Gyrastacus will be unveiled and escape into the forest.
Carl DiSalvo, Jason Freeman, Michael Nitsche — Urban Remix. A sound project wherein recorded sounds along the BeltLine are mixed, composed and realized as music. The tracks and sounds will also be available online for mixing via Internet browser. Sound recording trips and a concert of the completed works are scheduled.
Akbar Imhotep, Adebisi Adeleke — Story Messengers on the BeltLine. Storytelling of original and African folk tales. The stories’ subjects will cover the railroads’ development in Atlanta, how the BeltLine came to be, and where it may be going in 50 years.
Gail Jordan — Giwayen Mata. An all-female African drum and dance troupe performing two 45-minute concerts, covering several rhythm and dance styles from across Africa in bright and colorful costumes. Many of these dances were traditionally performed only by men.
Klimchak — Percussion Discussion. Five percussion duets meant to echo the developing BeltLine. Using many styles and artists, Klimchak hopes to connect the natural and man-made environments.
Hormuz Minina — Untitled. A performance and installation piece that will beautify and transform the space to take the viewer along a path originally made by the homeless population now moved away.
Krewe of the Grateful Glutton — Chantelle Rytter — Lantern Parade. With lantern-making workshops, the parade will walk the BeltLine. The artists will produce 12 large lanterns, while the workshops will cover smaller hand-held ones.
Jessica Sherwood — Flute and Electronics Performance. A performance by a flutist mixed with electronic music. The intention is to produce music evocative of nature.
Beacon Dance — A Bountiful Feast. A visual and performance art project led by choreographer and dancer D. Patton White. Beginning with story circles, the artists will gather oral histories and accounts to inform their movements and dialogue. A site sculpture will then be installed, to be followed by an opening performance in June and a closing performance with de-installation in October.
Terri Dilling — Burgeoning. Hundreds of paper flowers in a ring will represent the burgeoning of the BeltLine. Following the seasons of growth, she will replace the flowers as they deteriorate and change colors to follow natural cycles.
Tae Earl-Jackson — Untitled. A seating environment that will give the feeling of sitting in a pasture. Using a refurbished dining chair, the area will provide a place for a sole BeltLine patron to find solace.
EVEREMAN – EVEREMAN. Placing EVEREMAN boards and works all along the BeltLine, in addition to workshops held by the artist. These works will include the EVEREMAN imagery as well as takeaways in the form of magnets and other small objects displaying EVEREMAN’s logo.
Katie Hall – Untitled. A site-specific mosaic tile installation that reflects the environmental and aesthetic parameters of the site.
Etienne Jackson – Reflections: Revolving Communities. A linear, minimalist sculpture in which a stainless steel panel reflects its surroundings; the captured reflection, organic and distorted, is then juxtaposed to the linear and rigid construction of the sculpture. (Image above.)
Emily Kempf – Collabodoodle. Several events where participants are invited to paint and doodle over mural boards measuring 4 by 8 feet. Between each event, the boards will be displayed across the BeltLine. Each time the boards are painted over, again and again, resulting in a continuously evolving work.
Susan Ker-Seymer – Recurrence. A spiral sculpture made of repurposed fabrics and steel will be placed along with a spiral-shaped garden to reinforce the space.
Arturo Lindsay – Sanctuary on the BeltLine. A contemplative and meditative space, the bamboo structure will house a boulder, with seating to encourage the viewer to reflect in the space and in the surrounding BeltLine.
Jeffry Loy – Stargazers. Two 15-foot steel blooming trees, each with four steel flower pods with three illuminating globes per pod. The sculpture will engage viewers day and night with programmed LEDs, functioning as a gateway to the BeltLine.
Michi Meko – Coexist. Two 15-to-19-foot aluminum telescoping poles holding two colonies of purple martin gourd birdhouses. The birdhouses will have varying sized holes to try to accommodate different birds. The hope is that coexistence will be encouraged by way of the defined environment. The piece will operate as a gateway into the BeltLine.
Corrina Sephora Mensoff – BeltLine Be Green. To encourage bicycling, recycling and enjoying green space, the sculpture will have forged steel spirals wrapping a metal trash can as well as a bench. The spirals will also be woven in such a way as to create a bicycle rack.
Jeff Morrison – Cribbing. Three hundred fifty railroad ties will be used to create a walled pathway for participants to navigate. It will provide for contemplation and discovery for the viewer.
Spencer Murrill – Forward March. A graffiti-inspired mural stylizing characters showing Atlanta’s eclectic cultural scene. Done in black and white, the mural will address the crisis of street art: how artists hold to what made the movement widespread but also how artistic traditions can inhibit creative discovery.
Rod Pittam – Untitled. Murals on 4-by-8-foot banners will be placed along the west side of the BeltLine.
Phil Proctor – Untitled. To goal is to define the composition and science of nature and energy through kinetic sculpture. Built from materials of structural purpose but with organic form and shape, the organic gesture of the moving sculpture will demonstrate man’s desire to organize and define the chaos of the natural world.
Darci Rodenhi – Untitled. A life-size diorama containing a fabricated tree, canvas wall and railroads. As the work disintegrates, it will blend into its background of the BeltLine.
Sean Schwab – Untitled. Murals meant to comment on the role of street art, beautifying their communities and reminding their audience of the BeltLine’s history.
Charlie Smith – Transformational Transportation. Symbolizing the progress of transportation for the city of Atlanta, the sculptures will serve as markers, tunnels and checkpoints in the new BeltLine corridor.
Lisa Tuttle – Poetic Pathway. Several lecterns will house poems composed about specific sites, neighborhoods, persons or experiences in Atlanta.
Arseni Zaitzev – TiredOUT. A pathway and structure created by organizing and stacking the discarded tires found along the BeltLine into a structure. This reuse will create a navigable structure for the participant as well as a gateway and introduction to the BeltLine corridor.