Atlanta City Council approves public art

The Atlanta City Council recently approved the authorization of public art in the Kirkwood and Edgewood neighborhoods. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong introduced the ordinances, which were adopted at the Jan. 3 meeting.

Both art installations will be murals, and their completion will be contingent upon the schedule of the artists and the weather.

The name of the Kirkwood artwork, by artist Allen Peterson, is “Kirkwood Hive” and will be located on the east wall of the MARTA underpass at the corner of Rocky Ford and College Avenue. The mural for Edgewood, at 1209 Memorial Dr. S.E. by artist Chris Veal, is called “Reflections.”

The Office of Cultural Affairs awarded a grant of $2,400 for the Kirkwood mural.

“We’re very appreciative of the City Arts Grant for enabling Kirkwood to add another public art installation at a key gateway into the Eastlake/Kirkwood/Edgewood neighborhood,” said Geoff Mueller, 2015-2016 president of the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization.

The Edgewood mural on Memorial Drive is privately funded by property management company Greenleaf Management LLC. The cost for the mural is undisclosed.

“As Greenleaf Management has expanded in the East Atlanta neighborhoods, we wanted to find a fun way to give back to the neighborhoods our company has started calling home,” said Elle Prescott, resident experience specialist with Greenleaf Management.