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“Conversation Peace” is the newest addition to Midtown Alliance’s growing public art program that features temporary art installations throughout the District.
Last week, “Conversation Peace” was erected on property owned by the Dewberry Capital Corporation, which leases the temporary park space at 10th and Peachtree Street to Midtown Alliance for $1 per year. The new installation is in anticipation of the upcoming exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, “Origami in the Garden,” scheduled for 2022
The artist behind the masterly symbolic art installation is New Mexico resident Kevin Box. The Fine Arts major has focused his career on public art and sculptures using casting and fabrication techniques.
According to the Midtown Alliance website, the sculpture is a play on the phrase “conversation piece,” which means an interesting object that creates conversations. This temporary art does just that! As an interpretation of Rock-Paper-Scissors, the game is played among friends and family, the statue consists of a large scissor balancing on a boulder. The commissioned artist used these objects to symbolize conflicting forces that have found balance, with “paper” winning the game and folding itself into a paper crane, traditionally regarded as a symbol of peace on top of the scissors.
Midtown Alliance is a coalition of business and civic leaders working to create an exceptional urban experience in Atlanta’s Midtown district, including everything from small street-level activation projects to large-scale transportation enhancements. The Heart in the Arts Initiative was launched to express the Midtown neighborhood’s uniquely creative atmosphere and culture. In addition to public art installations, artwork colors empty storefronts, the streets are filled with music by Atlanta’s top artists, and the Parliament of Owls parade is an annual neighborhood celebration.
Visit the Midtown Alliance website to learn more about “Conversation Peace” and the other public art installations inspired by the Heart of the Arts Initiative.