connecting people with place

Beltline Stories

August 20, 2014

Client: Art on the Atlanta Beltline

Design Team: Sarah Gamble and Lynn Osgood
Project Date: September to November 2014

Project Description:
The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Originally conceived in 1999, the project vision told hold in the early 2000s and the first trails opened in 2008.

Founded in 2010, Art on the Atlanta Beltline has become the City of Atlanta’s largest temporary public art exhibition. Stretching along the nine miles of completed trails, the exhibition is a celebration of the Beltline and has showcased the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians. As described by the organization, the exhibition provides reason for residents and visitors to “gather, connect, and experience something vibrant and dynamic.” The 2014 exhibition features 60 installations and 30 performance pieces.

GO collaborative’s temporary installation, “Beltline Stories” engages Beltline users as an investigation of place. Designers created a series of panels featuring the circular corridor unfurled into a linear route, referencing key intersections and historical perspectives. Visitors were asked to share their personal stories by writing directly on the panels, locating their story location on the map. Together, these intersections and personal stories culminate in a larger and richer understanding of place and its role within the community. The installation is located on the Eastside Trail between Greenwood and Virginia Avenues. Unveiled in September 2014, the panels were filled by visitor stories within less than two weeks.

Services Provided: Design; Installation