New addition to Atlanta’s public art collection!

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs announces a new addition to the City of Atlanta’s public art collection. The Splendid by contemporary artist Ugo Rondinone was installed this month in Freedom Park. The sculpture resides along the Freedom Park Trail, parallel to North Highland Avenue NE, and provides the opportunity to view internationally renowned contemporary art to all Atlantans. The sculpture was acquired through the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond’s Landmark Public Art initiative. 

Ugo Rondinone is recognized as one of the major voices of his generation, an artist who composes searing meditations on nature and the human condition while establishing an organic formal vocabulary that fuses a variety of sculptural and painterly traditions. The breadth and generosity of his vision of human nature have resulted in a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects, installations, videos, and performances. His hybridized forms, which borrow from ancient and modern cultural sources alike, exude pathos and humor, going straight to the heart of the most pressing issues of our time, where modernist achievement and archaic expression intersect.