Unity - CODAworx


Submitted by Michael Dillon

Client: The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs'

Location: Atlanta, GA, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team


Michael Dillon

Dillon Forge

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'.

Additional Information

My hope is to realize this project on a large scale.