environmental art, LED light sculpture, public art, sculpture
MARTA Grant Street Tunnel Bridge Public Art
16 - 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 significant 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: Fierce Urgency.
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.
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 a place where you can wander and experience the incredible biodiversity of Georgia, interacting with oversized 10 and 12 feet native tree flower petals and tree leaves. The leaf and flower patterns are laser cut 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. The significance of the LED projection is twofold. First, it remakes an overlooked utilitarian urban walkway into a magical intersection of art, science, and environmental education. Second, the ability of light to command attention and reshape a formerly dark and foreboding area is the ideal metaphor for the way that public art can illuminate community issues and introduce perspectives on how to approach solving community challenges.
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.
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.
Celebrating Biodiversity Coloring Books
Walk Your Trails & Know Your Plants
Planting Our Backyards with Native Plants Class
Community Gardens/Clean Up
Using Local Lot for Native Planting
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