Atlanta Public Arts Legacy Fund
“Culture … is a product of man: he projects himself into it;
that critical mirror alone offers him his image.” – Jean-Paul Sartre, 1964
Art That Exists for Us All
Public art located throughout Atlanta is an enduring legacy of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Take a look around the city, and you’ll see it. Integrated into high-profile public spaces throughout the former Olympic Ring, a series of intriguing permanent installations enlivens the landscape and atmosphere of downtown. For resident and visitor alike, these works offer an unparalleled approach for seeing and understanding the city.
Forever linked to a pivotal moment in time, this array of public art also represents larger expressions both of history and of future aspirations. Many of the works have clear historic themes, from Atlanta’s railroad origins, to its post-Civil War rebirth, to civil rights struggles of recent decades. Others focus on ideas and themes of the human condition. Collectively, they constitute a cultural asset to be prized and preserved.
The Atlanta Public Arts Legacy Fund was established in 1997 to assure appropriate ongoing care and to provide education and advocacy services for public art in the city. Its charge is to conserve and maintain public artworks and monuments at 19 sites featuring nearly a hundred works created by 42 artists in downtown Atlanta.
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Project Partners and Advisors
The Atlanta Public Arts Legacy Fund operates as a conservation and maintenance fund fiscally managed by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.