If you’re interested in seeing what my Fairlie-Poplar neighborhood in Downtown Atlanta looks like when the streets have been activated with art and are full of activity, tonight’s your chance as Elevate kicks off a week of public art.
Here’s a full schedule of events. There will be living sculptures, film, dance and more.
The photo above, from the Goat Farm Arts Center, shows the most prominent feature of this year’s Elevate. They’ve gotten over more than 20 metro artists to take part in a “Dumpsters” public art project. I’ve been seeing these things go up around Downtown for the last few days and they look impressive. The AJC has a story on them here. A quote:
The lumbering metal containers are starting to command attention in downtown Atlanta. Instead of flotsam and jetsam of the building trade, however, they hold serious art expressions and pure whimsy, quiet reflection and interactive sound and light, eye-catching aesthetics and recycled funky stuff.
The theme for this year is “Social City” and it hopes to encourage exploration and consideration of the urban landscape. Arts was really my entry to exploring Downtown Atlanta. I viewed the often harsh landscapes of pre-Olympics Downtown in the 1990s as an artist performing in interesting spaces, sometimes makeshift venues carved out of abandoned buildings.
The ironic beauty of urban decay together with the sincere beauty of historic buildings and streetscapes — that’s a great set of palettes for creativity. Something that surely contributes to the recent rise in arts activity here with FUSE, Eyedrum, Mammal Gallery and more making the challenging environment of south Downtown their home.
This is a photo I took of last year’s awesome block party for the Elevate kick-off:
The kick-off event for this year’s is tonight. I’ll be taking part in Eyedrum’s "Live from Istanbul," projecting live feed of dancers in Istanbul onto dancers in Atlanta during a parade through Fairlie-Poplar at 8pm.