MARTA’s Arts Center Station is Midtown’s busiest MARTA rail stop, and has become a destination in its own right for the nearly 7,000 people who pass through the station on a daily basis.
To celebrate this station as a gateway into the District, Midtown Alliance partnered last year with MARTA, the High Museum of Art, and local artists to enhance the plaza-turned-“Porch” at Arts Center Station. Through this partnership, Midtown Alliance commissioned site-specific art from international artist and High Museum’s Artist-in Residence Jaime Hayon. Building on The Porch’s success in 2016, a new round of activations is headed for The Porch this summer.
NEW: Playful sculpture adds shade, delight to the Arts Center Station “Porch”
Emulating the style of the new Merry Go Zoo installation at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Sifly Piazza, Hayon has created a custom sculpture, titled “Shadowmaker,” just for The Porch. This interactive piece features a bench base and is topped with a whimsical figure holding an umbrella-like shade, giving those passing through the station a place to sit and relax during the hot summer months.
“We’re thrilled to add another of Jaime Hayon’s whimsical characters to the Porch. This is the latest in the collaborative partnership between Midtown Alliance and High Museum of Art to bring significant installations into our community,” said Lauren Bohn, Project Manager of Urban Design & Placemaking.
Last year Hayon designed kaleidoscopic window murals that line the station’s breezeway to The Porch. The success of these murals has inspired their recreation into six large-scale tapestries, woven together in a mix of traditional and non-traditional fibers at the Tilburg Textile Museum’s TextielLab in the Netherlands. These tapestries will premiere alongside Merry Go Zoo and Shadowmaker, and have been acquired as a part of the High Museum’s permanent collection through multiple private contributions. Each piece explores the artist’s dynamic use of color and style.
Stay tuned for the next wave of activities at “The Porch” this summer.
To prepare for the installation of Shadowmaker, the Midtown Green team has revamped the Arts Center MARTA plaza with the addition of new landscaping and touch ups. Other activations to the space include a public piano, seating, site-specific art, additional lighting, a Relay Bike Share station and Little Free Libraries. And just like last summer, Midtown Alliance will be partnering with the High Museum of Art and MARTA to bring more programming to the plaza. Check here for updates on The Porch’s Season 2 event schedule!
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