In February, “Guitar Girls” and the artwork’s companion archway, titled “Windmills”, were uninstalled to undergo a complete restoration. The posts of the archway remain in place and will be treated on-site.
Developed to pay homage to the south’s deep folk art traditions, Folk Art Park opened prior to Atlanta’s 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. However, the vibrant multi-piece installation has gradually succumbed to weather damage sustained over the past two decades.
In partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and the Community Foundation, The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Conservation and Maintenance Team has performed extensive restorations to preserve these artistic voices and folk visions amidst Atlanta’s bustling urban life.
“Guitar Girls” and “Windmills” at the the southwest intersection of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Courtland Avenue are the last pieces in the restoration.
Funded by Renew Atlanta’s TSPLOST Landmark Art Program, local artist and art restorer, Jeffry Loy, managed the removal of the two artworks. Loy is also working with art re-finisher, Jan Riley, of Riley Creative Solutions, to fully restore these kinetic masterpieces.
Soon these components will be reinstalled, and the vibrancy of all works within Folk Art Park will hearken back to their original glory.