Monday, June 29, 2009

WonderRoot's public-art project for Beltline kicks off at Eyedrum

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 3:18 PM

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All day Sunday, a small cadre of local artists and arts lovers gathered at Eyedrum to kick off the first phase of a grassroots project to add a touch of art to the Beltline — and to make more people aware of where it is.

The project, which has been months in the making, involves creating more than 100 artful signs to designate where the 22-mile smart-growth project crosses public streets.

Angel Poventud, one of the project's co-organizers, says WonderRoot staff spent $400 on wood on Saturday night. The next day, artists brought whatever materials they had — oils, pastels, even house paint — and got to work.

"It's hard to believe you can pull off a project like this for less than a grand," Poventud says. "But it's all about the passion. And it's here."

The group plans to install the signs along the project sometime this week.

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