Another BeltLine walk, this time to begin planning for the huge BeltLine public arts project and exihibition debuting along 8 miles of trail this summer and fall!

Railroad cross ties are removed to make way for the Atlanta BeltLine hiking path in the northeast corridor

Heading south on our BeltLine walk of the northeast corridor, we walked over these railroad cross ties. On our way back north, two small bobcats hard at work had already pulled up those same cross ties and tossed them into piles to be picked up and carted off. Look for mulch trails coming this spring!

This morning, a smaller crowd than usual set off on a six mile hike of the Atlanta BeltLine’s northeast corridor, headed from Piedmont Park to DeKalb Avenue. (The predicted rain deterred some folks from coming out and we hoped it would hold off until after 1 p.m., but that’s didn’t work out so well.) We had to watch our steps as we walked back and forth across the tracks of two small bobcats that were at work tearing up the railroad ties. Last month, the rails had been pulled up, but the cross ties remained. Not so anymore. On our way south, we tromped on some of the remaining ties and, on the way back north, walked past the piles of wooden beams the crew had extracted from the earth in the hour or two we’d been gone. It just keeps getting easier and easier to walk the path and if you haven’t already, I highly suggest you check it out!

I just did this walk a month ago with Angel and was doing it again so soon as part of our planning efforts to debut the first ever BeltLine public arts and exhibition coming to the 8 miles of open trail this summer and fall. By June 2010, artists will begin installing works of art, ranging from sculpture to performance art to horticulture, along the northeast and southwest sections of the BeltLine.

Who are these artists? We will be sending out a call for entries in two weeks for artists across metro Atlanta to submit proposals for their own public art projects that represent their take on the past, present, and future of the BeltLine and, most importantly, the welcoming of these historical parts of the city back into the public realm. This public art project will be a reawakening of an integral part of Atlanta’s past and a peak at the future of transportation and greenspace. So stay tuned for more details on the call for entries for artists and for the call for volunteers to support them in the near future!

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