Art in 9 unexpected places
August 11, 2011
Tucked away in alleyways, airport terminals, city buildings, and public parks are a treasure trove of hidden visual gems, art that rivals the permanent collections of Atlanta's arts institutions. As summer winds down and Atlanta readies for an onslaught of public art events in the coming weeks and months
, we decided to round up a few of our favorite artworks hidden in the city’s nooks and crannies.
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Airport Art, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Southwest Atlanta
How many times have you entered the "Transportation Zone" and traversed at least a portion of the mile of corridors from T to A to B to C to D to E only to arrive at your gate wishing you were already somewhere else? Take a deep breath and look up. You might be surrounded by original artworks by Rocio Rodriguez or Larry Walker if your flight's departing from E. Get up and walk to the newsstand, but keep your eyes locked on the floor — a sprawling tile mosaic by Don Cooper, Anita Arliss or Cheryl Goldsleger could be underfoot if you're wandering around terminals A, B or C. Opt out of the moving sidewalk between concourses A and B to run your hands over the massive stone sculptures on display from Zimbabwe. Next time you get frustrated with ticket prices, just think of it like you're getting free museum admission with purchase.
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