Art on The BeltLine
If the prospect of easy exercise and first-rate people watching hasn’t yet lured you onto the Atlanta BeltLine, consider Art on the BeltLine, four miles of art installations mostly along the Eastside Trail that are on view through mid-November as extra incentive.
An art walk with BeltLine staff members from Irwin Street, near the Krog Street Market, through parts of Inman Park, the Old Fourth Ward (passing the oh-so-cool Ponce City Market), Virginia-Highland and Morningside, gives a new twist to the notion of “outsider” art.
Murals, sculptures and photography join constructions using kites, bicycles and found objects from local and international artists for this exhibit, now in its sixth season. It has become the largest temporary public art exhibition in the South.
Funding from a roster of generous sponsors, including the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and 10th & Monroe LLC, and other donations, provides some $250,000 to finance the exhibit – and pay the artists.
“Every dollar we have,” says Elan Buchen, the BeltLine’s art and design project coordinator, “we want to go into the hands of artists.”
Photo above is the Atlanta BeltLine’s Elan Buchen at “Woven Wall of Wonder,” created by Indie Craft Experience.
Both photos courtesy of Susan Percy.