The “East to West Art Walk” is activating the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements. Commissioned artists are creating temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.
Jessi Queen and Zachary Herndon created the first chalk art installation for the East to West Art Walk last Saturday and Sunday. The team painted a Macon music-themed large format project that measures 10′ x 20′ in the rear parking lot behind The Telegraph Building that faces MLK Jr Drive. The artwork features larger than life images Macon musicians of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman and Otis Redding.
Andrew Patrick Henry of Burnsville, GA icompleted the installation of his 6′ x 90′ chalk, pastel and tempera art project today which covers a major portion of the sidewalk in front of The Macon Centreplex and the Macon City Center Marriott on MLK Jr Blvd. Henry is collaborating with Colorado artist Bart McCune and Ohio artist Kelly Bell. The Henry project also depicts Macon Music legends Little Richard, Otis Redding and Duane Allman along with colorful music notes and directional references.Henry will be available at the installation site at 2 PM for interviews.
This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan. A public opening is scheduled for the East to West Art Walk on Saturday, April 22,2017.