Friday, October 05, 2012
Celebration of New Public Art and Streetscape Improvements at Cascade Road &
Benjamin E. Mays Drive
Ayokunle Odeleye to introduce new public art, “Chi Wara Sundial Lantern”
Atlanta City Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Cascade community, the
Department of Public Works and the Office of Cultural Affairs are inviting you
to join them in a dedication of “Chi Wara Sundial Lantern,” a new
public art installation that accentuates streetscape improvements at the
intersection of Cascade Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW. The artwork
was commissioned by the Department of Public Works and administered by the
Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.
dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am at the
intersection of Cascade Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW.
in 2009 and recently installed in a plaza designed as a component of streetscape
improvements resulting from the 2008 Quality of Life Bond Program, the
Chi Wara Sundial Lantern is the creation of Stone Mountain based nationally
acclaimed artist, Ayokunle Odeleye. The artwork is a bronze and
stainless steel sculpture that serves as a sundial during the day and a lantern
at night. As a sundial, the lower points of the sculpture direct the
viewer’s eye to twelve plates arranged on the surface of the circular concrete
foundation. Engraved on the plates are names of significant individuals from the
Cascade Heights community who have made political, spiritual and cultural
contributions to the community and the city.
concept is derived from the “Chi Wara,” a mythical animal of an ethnic group
from Mali along the West African coast. The image is used as a headdress in a
special ceremonial harvest dance designed to pass on knowledge from the elders
to young people in the village. Odeleye’s Chi Wara Sundial Lantern
interprets this mythological image and conceptually uses it to suggest the
ceremonial passing of scholarship from Cascade elders to the youth of this
City of Atlanta, Department of Public Works and the Office of Cultural Affairs
collaborated to commission and include the sculpture in the design of the
streetscape improvements along Cascade Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW.
The departments have been privileged to work with the artist for over three
years to design and fabricate this important artwork and memorial to the
community and its leaders.
Cascade Road & Benjamin E. Mays Streetscape improvements are part of a
phased project that will improve pedestrian access and safety, while upgrading
and enhancing the existing streetscape elements at the intersection. Odeleye was
selected by an art selection committee to develop art for the plaza that anchors
About the Department of Public Works:
The Department of Public Works provides transportation, solid
waste, and fleet services for the City of Atlanta. The Office of Transportation,
a component of the Department of Public Works is responsible for most public
improvements in the City of Atlanta public right-of-way such as sidewalks,
streetscapes & plazas, and traffic improvements. For more information
About the Office of
The City of Atlanta's
Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), a division of the Department
of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, was established in 1974 to
encourage and support Atlanta's cultural resources. The initial mission was to
solidify the role that arts and other cultural resources play in defining and
enhancing the social fabric and quality of life of Atlanta citizens and
the Public Art Program:
Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) is charged with
administering the development and management of public art projects for Atlanta.
OCA/PAP also provides programs and services that support our arts community
while improving the quality of life for all citizens and visitors.