Atlanta from the Ashes (Phoenix Rising)
Jim Seigler (Designer) and Gamba Quirino
Considered the symbol of Atlanta’s rebirth, The Phoenix—as it is popularly known—was commissioned in 1969 by the Rich Foundation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its historic downtown department store. James Siegler, who worked in Rich’s planning department, conceived of a sculpture of a woman lifting a bird of hope to the heavens, and drew the original drawings. Ultimately designed and cast in Italy, the sculpture became associated with the Phoenix, the mystical bird of Egyptian times, who was consumed by fire and rose from the ashes. Now the unofficial symbol of Atlanta, it represents the city that ascended from the ashes and devastation of the Civil War to become an important international city. The bronze sculpture was refurbished in 1995 and rededicated in Woodruff Park for the 1996 Centennial Olympics.
On the front of the pedestal is a plaque which reads: “The Sculpture, symbolizing Atlanta from the Ashes was presented to the City of Atlanta by the Rich Foundation January 1969”
91 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303