Airport travelers walk past new restaurants including Einstein Bros Bagels in Concourse D. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Photo: Hyosub Shin

Hartsfield-Jackson plans new art installation on Concourse D

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to to install a new $385,000 art installation on Concourse D.

The installation will be a series of six sculptures by Nashville artist Herb Williams, who creates his artwork with hundreds of crayons.

For the Atlanta airport art project, Williams plans to cast the crayons in resin/plastic that he will paint to look like crayons.

A sketch by Herb Williams' of one of the sculptures he plans for the Atlanta airport art installation on Concourse D. Source: Herb Williams
Photo: Herb Williams

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.

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Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.
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