Art in downtown Atlanta

Thursday evening I took MARTA to downtown Atlanta. I got off at the Peachtree Center station and walked to Centennial Olympic Park to ride SkyView. I don’t spend much time in downtown ATL, but the stroll reminded me what a vibrant, artistic city this is. Here are just a few views:

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Unveiled in November 2011, this playground structure was designed to be a central part of the rejuvenated Woodruff Park. The original design was conceived by Jeff Santos of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Santos was the winner of the Playable 10 Contest, held in partnership by Landscape Structures, Georgia Institute of Technology, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Atlanta’s Taskforce on Play (ATOP) and Bank of America. The playground’s design pays tribute to Atlanta with a shape that mimics the letters “ATL.” Built into the piece are various playable elements, including climbing walls, monkey bars and two different sizes of slides.
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Located in front of the Atlanta Fulton Country Library. Brushed steel sculpture Wisdom Bridge (1990) by Richard Hunt.
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These two were filling the air with music. Hope they made a lot.
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Called “No Goal is Too High if We Climb with Care and Confidence” All rightly, then!


Hiking the Atlanta Beltline

I start on the "backside" of Piedmont Park where I can safely leave my car. Lots of construction here, near Monroe and Piedmont.
I start on the “backside” of Piedmont Park where I can safely leave my car. Lots of construction here, near Monroe and Piedmont.

I’m trying to prepare for a long hike along the AT. Some weekends I hike in the North Georgia Mountains. But sometimes I just strap on my loaded backpack and hike the eastside trail of the Atlanta Beltline. I can easily stop for a smoothie at Arden’s Garden  on Monroe, an iced coffee at Parish or use the restrooms at Piedmont Park. Even grab lunch at Barcelona Wine Bar or dessert with King of Pops. I did all of them yesterday and logged 8+ miles. It’s a fairly flat walkway, being a former railroad track, so you can easily do a lot of miles. And it’s great to see all the improvements, construction and people actively using the trail.

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The traffic on I85S had been terrible–road construction season has begun. So by the time I got to the park, I needed a clean restroom. That’s when I ran into the Superhero walk/run.
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Never thought of the Tooth Fairy as a superhero, but I thought this guy was pretty brave and obviously has a sense of humor.
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Sweet pea
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Construction on North Ave, near the Masquerade. This park is behind the Ponce City Market.
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This is near the North Street bridge. Later on Twitter I found out this is for Piper, a dog who is the unofficial mascot of the Eastside trail. You can follow him at @beltlinepiper (Thanks for the noms and the notes. Stay frisky, my friends. *pawbump*)
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This is new. It’s located near the Freedom Parkway overpass, in Inman Park, behind the Highland Steel Buildings along Highland Ave, near Elizabeth Ave.
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King of Pops! They were set up on the back porch of Paris on Ponce right on the Beltline (near Ponce bridge). This is Blackberry/Ginger/Lemon. Hot day, very refreshing.
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He surprised me along the trail. This little guy was actually very small, sunning himself behind Piedmont Park. He never moved while I took a photo and stepped right over him.
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