Quilt Tradition: Sunshade Structure

Barbara Abrelat
Cast concrete, steel, and stainless steel

“Sunshade Structure” was required to meet special design constraints, including the capability to withstand heavy vibrations as well as blend in with its surroundings to prevent traffic accidents. The resulting eight-pointed star structure was created by several artists, each of whom created a design for a point of the star. These artists include: Barbara Abrelat, Barbara Butler, Darlyne Dandridge, Nora Ezel, Hazel  Fulton, Sharon Henderson, Wini McQueen, Hystercine Rankin, and Patricia Stettler. The process of piecing together the structure from the various artists’ pieces resembles that of quilt making. Using natural sunlight, the structure casts intricate shadows on the ground below.

Folk Art Park was constructed under the direction of the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA) in 1996 as part of the streetscape improvements to prepare the city for the Olympics. The Atlanta Public Arts Legacy Fund (APAL) is a donor advised fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta charged through MOU resolution with maintaining certain public art installations owned by the City of Atlanta resulting from CODA’s efforts.

Folk Art Park
Courtland St. SE at Ralph McGill Blvd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308