Client: The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs'
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $250,000
Public Art Project Coordinator
Briana X. Camelo
City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Proposal to Atlanta, Ga. for the MLK gateway. As a 30’ tall sculpture this work speaks to an innate sense of individual and collective strength, abstractly referencing wings, flight, and rising up to freedom. 2019, 4’ x 3’ x 1’ Forged Iron, bronze, stainless steel with internally lit acrylic rods. As a finalist for this public art project, Michael is immensely appreciate for the opportunity and feels that there is a community that can appreciate this effort to realize this work monumental.
I proposed a sculpture that questions the ideas of worth, unity, and the struggle for freedom both as a collective and as individuals. Three different metals are used to create forms that “grasp” the light. There is both a coming together of the elements, and a perception that they are dependent on one another for stability and structure. The forms then separate and fan out in a winged gesture creating a sense that they are each independent of one another. This duality is a theme within my sculptures.
As a resident my goal was to find a way to represent the community as a whole, unified in the ideals. To promote beauty in diversity and strength in collaboration. Site visits, community activities and historic research were the base for the inspiration. A physical model was forged and fabricated to scale for my verbal presentation to The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs'.
My hope is to realize this project on a large scale.