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:
- Through His Eyes is a monument to John Wesley Dobbs, peers westward up Auburn Avenue in a manner emblematic of the subject’s visionary presence in Atlanta’s African-American community
- Folk Art Park, owned by the DOT, is a 71-piece sculpture garden enlivens two downtown connector overpasses, by 22 folk artists from around the south
- Heritage Park Memorial in a resurgent area of Summerhill recalls the community’s past and acts as a gateway for its hopes
- Five Points Monument in downtown Atlanta highlights the city’s role as a crossroads for early traders, later rail lines through today as a nexus for international commerce.
APAL is also responsible for several historic monuments re-situated and refurbished by CODA during the Olympic era: