Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Community members gather to discuss Atlanta's Knot

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Jessica Caldas, Change You Ride, wood-block print, 24x36

People frequently compare the traffic that surrounds Atlanta to a knot, but seven artists are taking it more literally than most.

The seven — Whitney Stansell, Jason Kofke, Chris Chambers, Rich Gere, Cubby West, Craig Cameron, and Jessica Caldas — each created prints responding to the issues facing Atlanta’s transportation system. The prints were then collected in Your Knot, a WonderRoot exhibition co-presented by Untie Atlanta which has now been put up for community discussion.

The conversation starts tonight at 7 p.m. at Ontologic, following a panel that includes James Fowler, a transportation engineer and Congress for New Urbanism board member; Ryland McClendon, assistant general manager for the Department of Communication and External Affairs for MARTA; Nate Conable, director of transit and transportation for Atlanta Beltline Inc.; and CL’s Thomas Wheatley, who’s had a bit of experience covering the city’s traffic problems.

Each panelist will reflect on both the artworks and the issues they raise. The floor will then open to the public. The event’s timing is no accident, less than a week before the July 31 vote on the Transportation Referendum. But the possible outcome won’t overshadow everything.

“It is my hope that the citizens who gather on Wednesday to consider these compelling prints might enjoy sharing reflections that transcend the vote on Monday,” says WonderRoot Creative Director Maggie Ginestra in a press release.

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