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Public Art

The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) is charged with administering the development and management of public art projects for Atlanta City Government. OCA/PAP also provides programs and services that support our arts community while improving the quality of life for all citizens and visitors.


2014 National Public Art Opportunities

Top 10 Public Artworks

As caretaker of the Public Art Collection for the City of Atlanta, the Public Art Program oversees the maintenance and exhibition of 127 public sculptures and monuments valued at over $22 million. The Public Art Program also oversees the curation and exhibition of 226 artworks including paintings, photography and sculpture within the  “Portable Collection”.

“Top Ten”  is a selection of key artworks within the Atlanta Art Collection, identified by  Robert Witherspoon, the COA Conservation, Maintenance and Collection Manager.

Isamu Noguchi – Playscapes

Thornton Dial - The Bridge

Sol Le Witt – Wall Drawing #581

Curtis Patterson – Andrew Young Tribute Plaza

Alexander Doyle – Henry W. Grady

Jim Siegler (designer) & Gamba Quirino –  Atlanta From the Ashes (Phoenix Rising)

David Hammonds – Nelson Mandela Must Be Free to Lead His People and South Africa to Peace and Prosperity

Elizabeth Cattlet – People of Atlanta

George Beasley – Five Points Monument

Xavier Campaney Medina – Homage to King


Public Art Guided Tours

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program is proud to host guided public art tours in Downtown Atlanta!

Atlanta, residents and visitors will experience remarkable artwork by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Guides will lead you through Downtown Atlanta corridors and touch on historical sites and monuments that speak to the heart of Atlanta’s character. This Public Art tour is a great way to learn about Atlanta’s place in history through our cultural and artistic lineage. Tour includes 15 Public Artworks and lasts approximately 120 minutes. Reservations required with a minimum of 10 people.

Contact Robert Witherspoon to schedule a guided Public Art Tour.

Robert Witherspoon, Project Supervisor
Public Art Services

Tours begin at Hardy Ivy Park on the corner of West Peachtree and Peachtree Street. As always, we encourage you to use MARTA. Visitors may access this location via the Peachtree Center or Civic Center Stations.

Artist Registry

The Public Art Atlanta National Registry serves as the preferred vendor list for soliciting artists for major and minor public art commissions and direct purchases of artworks for the City of Atlanta and serves as a qualified professional Public Artist list for additional commissioning agencies. Currently the Registry boasts full portfolios and resumes of over 300 professional public artists.

The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program presents registry artists’ work to project managers and communities for consideration in upcoming commissions, invitations and direct purchases. Other commissioning agencies and private companies within Atlanta are encouraged to consult the registry as well.


“I’m an artist. How do I get on the registry?”


*If you are currently on the Artist Registry you are not required to reapply.


The collection, featuring historically significant artworks by local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists, is prioritized by city council districts, and represents artworks that are in the care of the city of Atlanta’s Public Art Program.

The Public Art Program is tasked with the maintenance and conservation of the City of Atlanta collection, 127 public artworks valued at over $22 million.


Find out where your local public artworks and monuments are. Visit our Google Map.



Collections Management

A successful and enduring public art collection is a gift and legacy for generations to come. The permanence of this gift is secured by a comprehensive and detailed collections management program dedicated to existing and future artworks. The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) collections management team conducts annual assessments of each artwork in the collection and prioritizes maintenance and conservation efforts.

To encourage community support of public art, The Adopt-An-Artwork program allows for concerned citizens, neighborhood organizations, companies and corporations to actively participate in the preservation of the public art collection by partnering with the OCA/PAP to provide the necessary resources to maintain the artworks in their neighborhoods and communities. Taking a proactive stance in managing and preserving the growing collection of public art in Atlanta ensures that historically significant artworks remain for future generations to experience.

Audio Tours

The Public Art Tours consist of walking and audio tours. OCA’s Public Art app allows patrons to access the  information and history behind 22 unique artworks and will be available for download November 15th, 2014. Beginning at Andrew Young Plaza , hugging the corners of Centennial and Woodruff parks, this tour gives visitors an opportunity to experience Downtown in a unique, informative and exciting way. Our tours are free and open to the public.

All audio tours are available through the host phone number (404) 260-5532. Just follow the prompts. See below to listen to the artworks through the site!

Download the audio tour map.


The City of Atlanta Public Art Program is now offering internships to qualified applicants to work on various projects throughout 2014. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge of the public art process, artwork installation, artistic panels, design, marketing, research and communication. Interns will be placed in projects which align with their existing skill set and encouraged to be creative. Some projects may include working offsite as a public art docent, managing public art spaces, assisting in creative workshops, event planning, print and web design, research, grant writing or social media and communications. Ideal candidates should have a strong interest in public art, design, public space, city planning, community outreach and/or public art restoration and maintenance. Areas of Interest Communication and Outreach: Through creative editorial, relay the concepts of the public art program, current projects and affiliated programming to the public. Internship will include blogging and social media through various web pages, social media sites, newsletters and press releases and community projects. Research and Documentation: Experience Atlanta artwork, performance and projects through the use of creative photography and video. This internship will work on visual documentation of new projects and updating information and photography of existing artwork. Material may be used for web or print design necessary to the Public Art Program. Some equipment provided. This is a great way to expand your portfolio! Project and City Planning: The Public Art Program works year round to offer multiple creative workshops, events and exhibits and community projects. Learn about Atlanta districts and neighborhoods, transportation and urban design projects, the public art collection and Atlanta cartography. This internship will require mapping and design skills as well as community outreach. Conservation and Maintenance: Interns will be provided with hands on experience conducting the physical conservation, maintenance and restoration of outdoor art. Additionally interns will report and archive information related to the maintenance of the city’s art collection.


Office of Cultural Affairs Internship-App

Mission & Programs

The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) is charged with administering the development and management of public art projects for Atlanta City Government. OCA/PAP also provides programs and services that support our arts community while improving the quality of life for all citizens and visitors.

In 1977, Atlanta, in stride with many other major metropolitan cities, adopted its first public art ordinance which set aside a percent of capital improvement funds for the development of public art.

Like many other cities however, Atlanta did not keep pace with the changing times and the complexity of implementing a percent for art ordinance. In 1994 the then Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA), along with concerned citizens, initiated a planning process for the development of a Public Art Master Plan. Working with it’s advisors, the BCA developed an initial plan that guided Atlanta through the 1996 Olympic Games and the installation of a number of new projects.
In 1999, a task force was convened to review and update the Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) and a revised PAMP was adopted by the City in 2001.

In 2008 an amended ordinance was adopted by the City of Atlanta to clarifying the set aside for the percent for art

The Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program operates on the premise that art enhances the quality of life for our citizens by encouraging a heightened sense of place, increasing our community’s prestige and enlivening the visual quality of Atlanta’s built environment. The program promotes a public initiative of outreach and education while working to preserve the city’s cultural heritage.

The OCA/PAP is committed to creating community through public art and builds upon community support to conserve, preserve and make available public art to citizens and visitors in Atlanta.