“The configuration of the encircling billboards could be construed as an inverted version of the Cyclorama featuring Sherman’s eyes rather than the battle he witnessed from nearby Copenhill,” Turk wrote in an email to the AJC, referencing the site of the current-day Carter Center.
The artist clarified that his intention was “to reflect on the city’s progress and shortcomings since its destruction 150 years ago through the intimidating gaze of Sherman.”
Not everyone appreciates Sherman’s stare. Two of the billboard facades have been hit by rocks, and the general’s eyes have been defaced with gold spray paint on a third one. That ignited a howl of protest by commentator Ed Hall on the Atlanta arts site Burnaway.com.
“Look Away” has been extended through mid-August, which Turk thinks is dandy, since he approves of the kudzu now creeping up one of the billboards, adding some Southern gothic flair.
Here’s a map to help explorers reach the exact location.
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