By Howard Pousner
The city of Stone Mountain will dedicate its first piece of public art at 3 p.m. Oct. 8, and not surprisingly Decatur artist John Thigpen’s sculpture was inspired by the nearby oversized granite outcropping that gives the town its name.
Commissioned by Main Street Stone Mountain Inc. and part of a large streetscape improvement project, “Granite Workers” features silhouetted figures cut from Cor-Ten steel, evoking the men who first quarried granite from Stone Mountain, with blocks of stone tumbled beneath them.
The Main Street ceremony is open to the public, as are six recently opened artist studios in the downtown village.
“We are thrilled to dedicate the first public art in the village,” said Stone Mountain mayor Pat Wheeler. “Public art enlivens public spaces, tells a community’s history and can become a focal point. We hope to add more pieces in the future.”
For more information: call ART Station, 770-469-1105.