The transformation of PITTSBURGH YARDS™, a multi-faceted development project, is an unprecedented opportunity to spur a more equitable distribution of income, wealth, jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for residents in Neighborhood Planning Unit V and other southwest Atlanta neighborhoods.
Located near many of the city's major redevelopment projects, including the Atlanta BeltLine, the former Turner Field and State Farmers Market, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Fort McPherson, this 31-acre site is part of an area that is in the midst of significant - and promising - transition.
Once complete, the hope is that Pittsburgh Yards™ will be a vibrant space where residents can work, create, shop, and play.
Catalyze living-wage employment, long-term career and entrepreneurship opportunities for local residents, including parents with young children, young adults and those in need of second chances.
Use design, streetscape, and landscaping techniques to encourage community engagement and innovation.
Incorporate sustainable design principles and best practices for energy and water efficiency.
Cultivate local benefits, such as access to the Atlanta BeltLine, healthy foods, green space, community gathering space, and arts and culture.
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Location: Pittman Park (950 Garibaldi St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310)
The existing public art/sculptures along University Avenue at the perimeter of the Pittsburgh Yards development had to be moved for sidewalk and infrastructure improvements. This necessary art relocation has been a consistent discussion topic during several of the past monthly community engagement meetings, as well as a focus for a community working group, as the art was originally created through community leadership and guidance. The stand-alone four sculptures (pyramid, egg, 3D cube, multicolored layered rings) are temporarily stored at Pittsburgh Yards outside of the construction area. Community members proposed a permanent relocation site for the four sculptures of Pittman Park. The Foundation has consulted with City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department and office of City Council Member Sheperd on the relocation. An artwork donation application has been filed and pending anticipated approval. This process may take 90 to 120 days. At the time of relocation and reinstallation, the Foundation will have the sculptures refurbished and repainted by the primary original artist.
Each sculpture weighs several hundred pounds and due to incline elevation of the large egg it was forced to be removed with heavy machinery to place it on level ground. The sculpture had to be strapped to a mechanical extension arm for moving and as the equipment operator adjusted the arm to support the sculpture base the piece was damaged. The original artist has agreed to repair the damaged sculpture when it is permanently reinstalled.
The three, larger fence art installations at Pittsburgh Yards are held together by cinder block backing. Several contractors and structural engineers were consulted on the removal of these pieces, and they have advised that they are not able to be successfully moved without damaging the work. After discussions regarding several alternatives, the Foundation has commissioned the original artist to redo the pieces using a much lighter weight material in a picture framed format. The new creations will be placed within the Pittsburgh Yards project at the end of construction and will be 3ft x 6ft. In the meantime the current fence installations will come down in the Summer of 2018.