Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wanted: $20,000 Beltline sculpture

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Work in progress by Brandon Sadler along the Beltlines fancy new Eastside Trail.
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  • Work in progress by Brandon Sadler along the Beltline's fancy new Eastside Trail.

The Atlanta Beltline has a request for proposals up on its website for a "railroad artifact sculpture." Submissions are open to anyone in the Southeast and the organization is willing to fork over up to $20,000 for the commission - that's five times the amount of Art of the Atlanta Beltline's most expensive project in 2012.

According to the RFP, the Beltline's looking for someone "to design and construct one or more interpretive sculptural public artworks for the Atlanta BeltLine composed of welded railroad artifacts. Using rails, spikes, plates, switches, rail anchors, and other steel artifacts that once lined the Atlanta BeltLine right-of-way, this commissioned work will act as a landmark and speak to the history of the rail corridor. The sculptural work should be 8-10 feet in height, or monumental in scale, with a three dimensional form. The work must be visible from a distance and should conceptually reference the history of the railroad."

Here is a diagram courtesy ABI of some of said artifacts:


There are other requirements for the sculpture, too, such as not being a health hazard (no sharp edges), being at least 80 percent railroad artifact, and it's got to be able to be moved if necessary. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Jan. 7, 2013.

This looks like a significant opportunity to add a marquee piece of artwork to the project. Unsurprisingly, resident ideas-haver Thomas Wheatley has some ideas for things you could propose!

A life-sized replica of the circus cars that people say used to travel along the Atlanta Beltline back when it was really a rail line.

A soaring steel piece that rises from the ground, loops the Beltline, and allows people to slide on certain parts, a representation of how railroads can connect using much less energy. It'd be interactive.

Should you use one of these ideas, Wheatley requires credit via a commemorative plaque (no sharp edges).

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