Mirror, Mirror

We are guided by the belief that the lives of the people of Atlanta are enriched by creative expression. Everyday, public art is seen by hundreds of thousands riding in their cars, passing on foot, in buses, through stations, rushing to their planes.
Does it change them? Does it inspire them? Does it make a difference in their lives?
APAL strives to make those possibilities exist.

APAL began as a public art initiative created by the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA) following the close of the city’s Olympic era in 1996. CODA’s initiated the most visible changes to the city’s public artscape ever accomplished, invigorating Atlanta’s streets with 26 commissioned art environments, including artworks and public monuments. APAL is responsible for the conservation and maintenance of most of these sites and artworks representing 19 sites, 102 works by 42 artists.

As works commissioned during a defining moment, the CODA sites and works were are lasting reflections of their immediate surroundings, celebrations of Atlanta-area neighborhood history and/or universal statements on the human experience. They are unique and compelling:


Atlanta From Ashes

Auburn Avenue Bas Reliefs

Homage to the King

Homage to King

5 Points Monument

5 Points Monument

Heritage Memorial Park

Heritage Memorial Park

Ralph David Abernathy Memorial

Ralph David Abernathy Memorial

John Wesley Dobbs Memorial

John Wesley Dobbs Memorial


Birth of Atlanta

Birth of Atlanta Monument





De-Code / Re-Code Atlanta

De-Code/Re-Code Atlanta

Folk Art Park - Atlanta

Folk Art Park

New Endings

New Endings – relocated


Fox Triangle Monument



27 Torchgate - North Ave

27 Torch Gate


APAL is also responsible for several historic monuments re-situated and refurbished by CODA during the Olympic era:

  • Henry W. Grady Monument in the Marietta Street median
  • Atlanta from the Ashes, relocated to a prominent Woodruff Park corner from its less visible original site
  • Samuel Spencer Monument, relocated from Brookwood Station to Hardy Ivy Park by Daniel Chester French, artist for the Lincoln Memorial and numerous New York City monuments
  • Carnegie Education Pavilion, a commissioned work, created with the façade of Atlanta’s former Carnegie Library and located in Hardy Ivy Park

Henry Grady Monument

Henry Grady Monument

arnegie Education Pavillion

Carnegie Education Pavilion

Atlanta from Ashes

Atlanta from the Ashes

Samuel Spencer Monument

Samuel Spencer Monument - relocated