Input sought on public art for College Hill

jkovac@macon.comFebruary 6, 2014 

Fences may not come to mind when you think of public art.

But a pair of proposals to give face-lifts to the railings of two of Macon’s more visible bridges are among half a dozen ideas for enhancing the College Hill Corridor.

One idea would outfit the chain-link fence on both sides of the Montpelier Avenue bridge over Interstate 75 with ornamental aluminum silhouettes.

In his proposal, sculptor James Bodell said the metalwork would create “an eye-catching gateway” to College Hill and Mercer University. The art would include silhouettes of dancers, instruments and other figures “depicting activities associated with Macon and Mercer.”

Another proposed bridge-fence fix-up is for the College Street railroad overpass, a block or so northeast of Tattnall Square Park.

Metal artist Scott Tisdale wants to erect a “safe and interesting” sidewalk-lining wall of weathering steel to replace the unsightly railing there now.

Other public-art proposals include: a series of outdoor exhibitions for Tattnall Square Park; a Macon-themed mural on Forsyth Street; a scaled solar system spread out for nearly a mile in the corridor; and a new tile-and-concrete entrance to Tyler’s Place Dog Park.

Funding for one or more of the projects, if approved, will come from the Knight Neighborhood Challenge. Winners will be announced in mid-March.

Public input is being sought through noon Friday on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfcga.org.

The Knight Neighborhood Challenge is a five-year program to support creative ideas that can help transform Macon neighborhoods along the corridor.

A $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation underwrites the initiative.

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