City of Dunwoody, MARTA, and Perimeter CIDs Announce a Request for Qualifications for New Dunwoody Station Mural
The effort is in partnership with Living Walls and the Dunwoody Art Commission to Enliven the Station’s Parking Exterior
DUNWOODY, GA — Dec. 1, 2022 — The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), in collaboration with the City of Dunwoody, Dunwoody Development Authority, MARTA Artbound, and Living Walls, is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission of an outdoor public mural.
The mural will be installed at the Dunwoody MARTA Station on the south side of the station’s parking garage (facing Hammond Drive). This particular site is surrounded by spectacular transformation spurred by new development, improved streetscapes and pedestrian access. It sits opposite State Farm and Carvana’s offices at Park Center, and across from the construction site of High Street, a major mixed-use destination. A short walk from the mural is Twelve24, home to Insight Global.
Since its opening in 1996, MARTA’s Dunwoody Station has grown into one of the most active transit hubs outside of I-285, welcoming thousands of riders each weekday. In addition to a bus depot serving three Xpress buses and three MARTA bus routes, the station is home to seven different shuttle routes that connect transit riders directly to and from their destinations. Now a central node for the Perimeter business district, Dunwoody Station’s parking deck has been an enticing “blank canvas” for future vibrancy.
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) opens on December 1, 2022 and will close on January 20, 2023. After interested artists have submitted their qualifications, the selection committee will request proposals from three finalists, who will receive an honorarium to prepare their visions for the space. The artist whose proposal is chosen will install the mural in 2023. The selection process and the logistics for the painting of the mural will be assisted by three organizations with a legacy in the community of high-quality, local art: Living Walls, MARTA Artbound, and the Dunwoody Art Commission.
“I’m so excited to see more art at the Dunwoody MARTA Station,” said Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch. “The City of Dunwoody is putting an emphasis on using art to bring public spaces alive for our residents, employees, and visitors. By adding this new focal point to an otherwise ordinary corner, we’ll further our goal of making Perimeter Center a more walkable community.”
Public art has become a growing priority for Dunwoody and local stakeholders, a reflection of the personality and evolution of the community and its residents. Ann Hanlon, Executive Director of Perimeter CIDs, says, “We’re excited to work with our partners at the City of Dunwoody, MARTA and Living Walls to create our second mural installation at the Dunwoody MARTA station. We believe that an engaging piece of public art will bring an enlivened sense of place to the Hammond Drive corridor for employees, residents, and visitors to the Central Perimeter.”
Artbound, MARTA’s in-house public art program, is supporting the mural as part of its ongoing initiative to use its stations as platforms for transformative art installations. “We’re happy to support this effort to brighten the streetscape in Dunwoody, and hope it inspires a safer and more walkable experience for the community.”
The RFQ can be found at this website: http://www.perimeterconnects.com/DunwoodyMuralRFQ
About Perimeter Community Improvement Districts
The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) plans and implements vital transportation improvements to enhance mobility and access to the Central Perimeter Business Districts. Representing both the Central (DeKalb) and Fulton Perimeter CIDs, the PCIDs are self-taxing districts that use additional property taxes to help accelerate needed transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. For more information about the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, visit PerimeterCID.org.
About the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) & Artbound
Established in 1971, MARTA is among the largest transit agencies in the U.S., providing 95 percent of the public transit trips in the metro Atlanta region with 110 fixed bus routes, 38 heavy rail stations, 2.7 miles of light rail, and on-demand paratransit services. One percent of MARTA’s annual budget is allocated to enhance the ridership experience through visual and performance art. MARTA Artbound provides opportunities for artists year-round with a range of projects encompassing many modes of art. To learn more visit itsmarta.com/artbound.aspx.
About the City of Dunwoody
Located just north of Atlanta, Dunwoody, Georgia is a premier hub for business, shopping, dining and genuine hospitality. With easy access to mass transit and major highways, the city provides accessibility to key Georgia tourist attractions, events, and festivals while still delivering the charm of a small community. The city’s business-friendly atmosphere, diverse recreation options, lower-overall cost of living and proximity to mass transit has established Dunwoody as an up-and-coming center of employment, transportation, educated workforce and population density. To learn more visit dunwoodyga.gov
About Living Walls:
Living Walls creates inclusive, intentional, thought-provoking public art to inspire social change. With over 10 years of experience curating and producing murals, installations, immersive experiences, community gatherings, and conversations, they envision a world where public art acts as a social and economic engine, where it is foundational to the growth and evolution of cities and channels the spirit and culture of local communities. For more information, visit livingwallsatl.com and follow @livingwallsatl on Instagram.
Linda Johnson, External Affairs Director
Perimeter Community Improvement Districts