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News: Mayor Reed announces $4.4 million for new public art in Atlanta

Yinka Shoniebare MBE's 2013 Wind Sculpture I in England's Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Shoniebare is one of nine artists selected to create new public art for Atlanta. (Image © Yinka Shoniebare MBE, courtesy the artist.)

Mayor Kasim Reed today announced the acquisition of new 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. 

The nine artists chosen are:

The acquisition is funded by the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond program. which mandates that a portion of infrastructure capital spending must go toward public art. A $12.2 million budget supports public art for the city, a portion of which is used for public maintenance and a portion of which goes toward the acquisition of new works. The mayor’s office says these nine new works will represent a “higher caliber of art.”

“Great cities have great art, and this art should be accessible to all its residents and visitors,” said 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.”

Earlier this year, Reed established the Renew Atlanta Public Art Curatorial Committee to give recommendations on artists and artwork.  Committee members include: Lisa Cremin, chairwoman of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta; Andrea Barnwell, director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; Sarah Schleuning, curator of Decorative Arts at the High Museum of Art; Alexandra Sachs, executive director of SCAD FASH (museum); Daniel Fuller, curator at the Atlanta Contemporary; Nickitas Demos, director for the Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State University; Rebecca Cochran, curator of the Weiland Collection; Shawnya Harris, curator of African American and African Diasporic Art at the Georgia Museum of Art; Madison Cario, director of the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech; Victoria Camblin, editor and artistic director of ART PAPERS; and Milton Clipper, retired CEO of PBA/WABE.

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