Atlanta Beltline has been striving for the past several years to turn abandoned rail tracks that ring the city into space that is walkable and will include a light rail line. The group also is tasked with adding to the city's park space.
The art project includes 33 pieces chosen from 177 proposals, Yalouris said. Residents from the neighborhoods came out to install the pieces as well as clear brush along the trails.
Officials found a couple of the pieces defaced by graffiti during a walk through the West End trail on Wednesday. Yalouris said the graffiti would be cleaned by Saturday's opening.
Rod Pittam created a two-panel billboard called "Historical Vignettes of the West End," a look at the district at the turn of the last century. He said his work was inspired by how well the black and white communities in the area once worked together.
"The communities over the years have addressed any issues, worked it all out, up until the '60s," he said. "A lot of people attribute [the end of community unity] to I-20 coming through. That ripped the neighborhood in two."