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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Public Art/Artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Krog Street Tunnel

Best Public Art/Artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Krog Street Tunnel

Best Public Art/Artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
OuterSpace Project

Best Public Art/Artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Tiny Doors ATL

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Tiny Doors ATL

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Tiny Doors ATL

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Beltline Inc (Featured)

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Living Walls

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Living Walls

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Living Walls

Public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Krog Street Tunnel

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Beltline Inc (Featured)

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Runner-up: Krog Street Tunnel


Best reason to navigate the urban jungle BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Art on the Beltline
Forget gallery walls, this year artists have been vying for representation in public spaces, most significantly as part of the sprawling, multidisciplinary project ART ON THE BELTLINE. Intended to boost awareness of the size and scope of the proposed 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit, and itsmore...
Forget gallery walls, this year artists have been vying for representation in public spaces, most significantly as part of the sprawling, multidisciplinary project ART ON THE BELTLINE. Intended to boost awareness of the size and scope of the proposed 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit, and its potential impact on you and me and our fair city, the multipart exhibit has featured everything from a poignant performance art and installation piece by Hormuz Minina to Jeffry Loy's glowing steel flower pods. www.beltline.org less...

Best public art BOA Award Winner

Art Signed the Beltline

Best public art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Krog Street Tunnel
Runner-up WonderRoot Beltline Project 982 Memorial Drive, 404-254-5955, www.wonderroot.org

Best public art BOA Award Winner

Krog Street Tunnel

Filthy Pick: Best public art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Art Signed The Beltline
Armed with maps, Sharpies and $400 worth of wood, a group of local artists organized by WonderRoot and local do-gooder/merry-maker Angel Poventud ART...

Best Public Art Wrangling BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
A (New) Genre Landscape
Thank goodness artist and curator Stuart Keeler hightailed it out of cold Chicago to land squarely in the center of Atlanta's fitful and fractious public art scene. The sweeping vision of his public art project A (NEW) GENRE LANDSCAPE allowed the city to get a better view of underexposed artists suchmore...
Thank goodness artist and curator Stuart Keeler hightailed it out of cold Chicago to land squarely in the center of Atlanta's fitful and fractious public art scene. The sweeping vision of his public art project A (NEW) GENRE LANDSCAPE allowed the city to get a better view of underexposed artists such as Ruth Stanford, Craig Dongoski and Michael Reese by putting their temporary, community-based works (and the work of 14 other artists) in 12 of Atlanta's parks and green spaces. Not that Keeler and the artists were in it alone. The city's support in the form of administrators Eddie Granderson and Rob Witherspoon, along with a modest sum of cash, helped to wrench Atlanta into the 21st-century public-art dialogue. www.ocaatlanta.com. less...

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Krog Street Tunnel

Best Drive-by Art BOA Award Winner

Dennis Oppenheim's Alternative Land Art
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationallymore...
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationally known New York conceptualist and land artist DENNIS OPPENHEIM'S ALTERNATIVE LAND ART. The exhibition, a forest of "trash" less...

Best Drive-by Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Since May, it’s been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationally known New York conceptualist and land artistmore...
Since May, it’s been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationally known New York conceptualist and land artist DENNIS OPPENHEIM’S ALTERNATIVE LAND ART. The exhibition, a forest of “trash” on the front lawn of SCAD, seems to offer an environmental commentary on a landscape that may soon be composed of nothing but human-made vistas. Combined with the High Museum’s Alexander Calder and Auguste Rodin farther up the road, it’s a veritable windshield tour. less...

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta Botanical Garden (Featured)
In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactivemore...

In a town that has been fighting to get its fair share of public art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been quietly shaking things up with its own large-scale temporary exhibitions, first with the impressive, record-breaking Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. But NIKI IN THE GARDEN, with its joyously interactive sculptures and ebullient charm, has gone Chihuly one better and proven that there is a mainstream audience for imaginative art in Atlanta.


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Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Krog Street Tunnel

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Art in Freedom Park

Best impression of Marc el Duchamp on a piece of public art BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
The Vandalizing of "54 Columns"
In 1919, French artist Marcel Duchamp decorated a postcard of the Mona Lisa with a moustache and goatee. For some reason, it became a famous work of art. We can only hope the same holds true for THE VANDALIZING OF “54 Columns.” The Sol LeWitt-designed series of gray cinder-block towersmore...
In 1919, French artist Marcel Duchamp decorated a postcard of the Mona Lisa with a moustache and goatee. For some reason, it became a famous work of art. We can only hope the same holds true for THE VANDALIZING OF “54 Columns.” The Sol LeWitt-designed series of gray cinder-block towers in the Old Fourth Ward is supposed to evoke the Atlanta skyline, but the bland cinder-block structure mainly provokes derision. In August, someone (perhaps inspired by Duchamp?) painted one of the towers Pepto-Bismol-pink. Local arts officials stripped the paint off immediately, but not before the exhibit, dour and austere on its best day, had a dash of fun. Viva la public art! less...
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