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Friday, February 4, 2011

City Hall's Sol LeWitt mural gets some much needed TLC

Sol LeWitts  Drawing #581, located on the 4th Floor of the City Hall Annex Building
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  • Sol LeWitt's "Drawing #581," located on the 4th Floor of the City Hall Annex Building
You've probably never visited the fourth floor of Atlanta City Hall's 1989 addition. And why would you, since all it basically houses is a cafeteria and fitness center for city hall employees.

But located on the fourth floor of Atlanta City Hall's 1989 addition is a 10-foot-by-21-foot mural by the late Sol LeWitt, the publicity-shy modern art icon renowned for his geometric sculptures and drawings. The mural, which was painted directly on the wall and features large, brightly colored shapes, had started to deteriorate. According to the Office of Cultural Affairs, the "artworks from this period of the artist’s career were done in colored ink which faded over time." This week, the city announced the completion of the mural's restoration. Honestly, the photo here doesn't do the man's work justice, so wander on over to City Hall and check it out in person.

For a cool look at LeWitt's body of work, check out MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art)'s website. The museum is about two and a half years into a 25-year retrospective on the artist called Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective. The exhibit includes 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings from 1969 to 2007 and was installed over six months by 65 artists and art students. It occupies "nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that have been installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s campus." On the website, you can watch time-lapse videos of the massive works being created.

Love me some time-lapse videos.

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