environmental art, LED light sculpture, public art, sculpture
MARTA Grant Street Tunnel Bridge Public Art
18 - 10’D Laser Cut & Polished Stainless Steel with Choreographed LED Lighting
As the artist working on the Grant Street Bridge project, I believe this public art opportunity offers a timeless and imperative way to celebrate and honor the life, vision and legacy of Martin Luther King. Dr. King was an early advocate in asserting that health is a human right, and he recognized that social justice could not be achieved without environmental justice. He was one of the early visionaries discussing fair treatment for all - healthier living environments for underprivileged communities and universal access to clean air, water, and soil. The profound need for protection of these rights, too often neglected, is at the heart of the Grant Street Bridge Project. Marta’s, Fierce Urgency sculpture is an invaluable way to reverse that trend, educate the public on the importance of assuring environmental justice for all, and celebrate the opportunities to revitalize our local urban landscapes.
Equality and fairness requires that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial or governmental policies. Whether by conscious design or institutional neglect, communities of color and areas of urban poverty face some of the worst environmental devastation in our country: water contamination in Proctor Creek’s watershed in Atlanta, Ga., is an excellent examples of what happens when poor communities are environmentally exploited. The Grant Street public art project is an invaluable way to reverse that trend, educate the public on the importance of assuring environmental justice for all, and celebrate and the opportunities to revitalize our local urban landscapes. The art initiative is to take the Grant Street tunnel from a hidden and neglected space and create a linear urban walking corridor, becoming an historic, geographic, symbolic and civic focal point. Fierce Urgency encourages a return to a place for exploration and play, where residents own the vision for the transformation of the space.
A single encounter, the discovery of a plant or animal species in its natural habitat, can be one of the most beautiful experiences we can have. Imagine walking under the 240 ft. tunnel and encountering a choreographed LED light sculpture that is fun and interactive - and that communicates a message: habitat restoration, sustainability and interactivity/connectivity with the audience. The stainless steel laser cut art patterns are ov 10 and 12 feet native tree flower petals and tree leaves. The 0 feet leaf and flower patterns are laser cut from stainless steel with patterns inspired by the pollinators these species rely on to exist. At night the undercarriage of the bridge comes alive in vivid detail as powerful LED’s project intense color through the hundreds of patterns, casting colors and shadows with choreographed lighting on the walls and sidewalks. The public will be amazed to learn that lots of these specimens are on the endangered species list. Morrison Studios wrote a lighting program and graphic pattern to encourage the person interacting with the sculpture to move their gaze through the collection of species and enjoy, learn from, celebrate and appreciate the natural biodiversity of the state of Georgia.
Morrison Studios wrote a lighting program and graphic pattern to encourage the person interacting with the sculpture to move their gaze through the collection of species and enjoy, learn from, celebrate and appreciate the natural biodiversity of the state of Georgia. The goal pf of the LED laser cut light mural is to foster public recognition of the spectacularly diverse flora of the state of Georgia and recognize a treasure that’s to be valued and habitats to be protected.
Trees wildflowers also support entire ecosystems for pollinators, birds, and small animals on a micro scale. Butterflies and other insects, small birds, and animals depend on seeds, nectar, and pollen for their food supply and life support system.The natural plants have adapted to an amazing array of habitats and microclimates in the region, achieving a balance with other living things and forming the foundation for all life. Fierce Urgency is a place where, you can experience the incredibly diverse wildflower and biodiversity of the state of Georgia.
When it comes to wildlife and plants, Georgia is one of the richest and most biodiverse states in the nation. With a landscape that varies from the Appalachian mountains to the Coastal Plain sandhills and Piedmonts swamps to barrier island beaches, Georgia ranks among the leaders in species diversity. But for certain groups of wildlife and plants, Georgia is also among the top states in numbers of at-risk species. Seven hundred and fifty-one of Georgia’s native plant species are of “special concern” on the State Heritage List.
Butterflies and moths are insects grouped in a family of species called Lepidoptera. Georgia is home to several hundred butterfly species and more than 1,000 moth species, many are native to the state. Butterflies and moths are second only to bees and wasps as pollinators of Georgia’s trees and flowers. Most native flowers and trees rely on native pollinators to survive and are vital to maintaining our healthy ecosystems. Pollinators have evolved with native plants, which are best adapted to the local growing season, climate and soil and rely on specific plant species..There is increasing evidence that the health and populations of many of our pollinator species are in decline. This poses a significant threat to biodiversity our local food webs and ultimately human health.
The Georgia Oak is the prototype (photo attached). Just as with every specie that I selected has a specific story to tell about Georgia biodiversity - each is a native, protected or endangered species and depend on each other for their ecosystem. Ecosystems are communities, they’re assemblages of species that are interacting, and if you affect one, you affect all of them. The Georgia Oak (Quercus georgiana) is Georgia’s only endemic oak and it is currently on the endangered species list because of loss of habitat.
The tree was first discovered in 1849 at Stone Mountain, Georgia, and exists in only a few locations in the area. It is Georgia’s only endemic oak and because of loss of habitat is on the endangered list and could be extinct within the next 10 years. Q. georgiana is an “exceptional species” in that its acorns cannot be seed banked through conventional methods. Thus, ex-situ-conservation collections of this species must be through living individuals, requiring the involvement of botanical gardens and arboreta in conservation efforts.
Planting Our Backyards with Native Plants Classes with Atlanta Neighborhood Schools
Celebrate wildlife - Coloring Books for Children
Walk Your Trails & Know Your Plants
Community Gardens/Clean Up
Vacant Lot Native Plant Backyard Gardens
Size: 16 - 10L’ Leaf Patterns form Native Georgia Trees
Material: Laser Cut and Polished Stainless Steel with Laser Cut Art Patterns
Lighting: 16 - 48” Martin Exterior Linear Quad - RGBW - LED Light with RC4 Wireless Router and an ETC Mosaic Controller. 18 Choreographed Light Programs