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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

First 'Art on the Beltline' pieces chosen

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Last February, the Beltline opened up submissions for temporary public art projects along the Beltline. Two and a half months later, the first round of artists has been selected for a temporary exhibit that will take place at points along the Beltline from May through October. In a press release sent out this morning, the Beltline announced the first 30 artists with descriptions of their visual and performance art installations. Currently, tons of graffiti and art signs decorate the Beltline. Check out what fills the northeast sector here, and the southeast sector here. Full list with info on the artwork below the jump.

Graffiti artist Hense has been chosen as one of 30 artists to participate in the Beltline's first round of temporary public art. The piece pictured here can be found in the Beltline's northeast corridor.
  • Graffiti artist Hense has been chosen as one of 30 artists to participate in the Beltline's first round of temporary public art. The piece pictured here can be found in the Beltline's northeast corridor.

Art on the BeltLine – Performance Pieces

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

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 folktales told along the BeltLine. The stories’ subjects will cover the railroads’ development in Atlanta, how the BeltLine came to be, and where the BeltLine 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 across Africa in bright and colorful costumes. Many of these dances were traditionally only performed 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 manmade environments.

Hormuz Minina – Untitled

A performance and installation piece which 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, a lantern parade will be organized to walk the BeltLine. The artists will produce 12 large lanterns while the workshops will cover smaller hand-held lanterns.

Jessica Sherwood – Flute and Electronics Performance

A performance by a flautist mixed with electronic music. The intention is to produce music evocative of nature.

Beacon Dance – A Bountiful Feast

A visual and performance art project by Beacon Dance, 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 with an opening performance in June and a closing performance with de-installation in October.

Art on the BeltLine – Visual Installations

Terri Dilling – Burgeoning

Terri Dilling proposes planting hundreds of paper flowers in a ring to 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

Tae Earl-Jackson will create a seating environment that gives the feeling of sitting in a pasture. Built from a refurbished dining chair, the area will provide a place for a sole BeltLine patron to find solace.

EVEREMAN – EVEREMAN flowers and souvenir signs

Placing EVEREMAN boards and works all along the BeltLine in addition to workshops held by the artist. These works 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 where 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.

Emily Kempf – Collabodoodle

Several events where participants are invited to paint and doodle over mural boards measuring four by eight 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.

Hense – Untitled

A prolific street artist and muralist, Hense has been producing street graffiti and murals for over 10 years. He proposes producing several murals, each celebrating street art and the BeltLine.

Susan Ker-Seymer – Recurrence

The spiral sculpture Recurrence 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

Creating a contemplative and meditative space, the sculpture will create an aesthetic experience. 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 tall steel blooming trees, each with four steel flower pods with three illuminating globes per pod; the sculpture will engage the viewers during the day and night with programmed RGB LEDs functioning as a gateway to the BeltLine.

Michi Meko – Coexist

Two 15 to 19 foot tall aluminum telescoping poles holding two colonies of Purple Martin gourd bird houses. The bird houses will have varying sized holes to try to accommodate different sized 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 biking, recycling, and enjoying green space, the sculpture will show 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 bike 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 as the interplay and repetition of the ties are used within the curved pathway.

Spencer Murrill – Forward March

A graffiti inspired mural stylizing characters showing Atlanta's eclectic cultural scene. Done in black and white, the mural addresses 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 printed on 48" x 96" banners to be placed along the west side of the BeltLine.

Phil Proctor – Untitled

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 itself into its background of the BeltLine.

Sean Schwab – Untitled

Murals which are meant to comment on the role of street art beautifying their communities and reminding their audience of the BeltLine history.

Charlie Smith – Transformational Transportation

Symbolizing the forward thinking progress of transportation for the city of Atlanta, the sculptures serve as markers, tunnels and checkpoints for the human entity 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 tires found on the BeltLine into an organized structure. The recycling creates a navigable structure for the participant as well as a gateway and introduction into the BeltLine corridor.

(Photo by Debbie Michaud)

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