The colorful sculptures of animals will contrast with the black granite background, “to play off of the idea that the “cascading” steps are a body of water the creatures are crossing and making ripples through,” according to Williams’ description of the concept.
A sketch by Herb Williams' of one of the sculptures he plans for the Atlanta airport art installation on Concourse D. Source: Herb Williams
The Concourse D midpoint was expanded in 2013, and the airport opened a mega-food court there in 2014 with restaurants including Grindhouse Killer Burgers and the 40/40 Club. The city of Atlanta's public art ordinance designates 1 percent of construction funds for art.
Williams' proposal was selected by a panel of art experts to create the six-part sculptural installation on six tiered steps in the escalator area leading up to Concourse D from the people-mover train.
The Atlanta City Council this month approved a special procurement agreement for $385,000 for the Williams art project contract.
Williams will fabricate, design, transport and install the artwork.