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Atlanta Pride Rainbow Walk Installation

By Charlotte Robinson, October 26, 2021

Atlanta Pride Committee announced as part of the ELEVATE Atlanta public arts festival local gay artist Matthew Terrell has colorized 1000 feet of sidewalk as a “Living Rainbow.” The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs awarded Atlanta Pride a grant for this project which will be on display this weekend October 29th to 31st. This artwork is free & open to the public but will only be temporarily on display during the scheduled ELEVATE Atlanta weekend of events in the Westside neighborhood because it will be washed away on November 1st. The material used for this project is an eco-friendly colored powder made of cornstarch & other food-safe & cosmetic-grade natural colors. Large blocks of the sidewalk in Rose Circle Park have been colorized using the colors from the Rainbow Pride flag. Over the course of the installation as people walk over the sidewalks the colors will blend into a Living Rainbow that keeps on changing the more viewers interact with the work. The colored powders are safe, non-toxic, will not harm plants or animals & are easily washed off. Since this is a temporary event Atlanta Pride will have the sidewalks power-washed after the event to remove the color. The purpose of this project is to give Atlantans a monumental-sized rainbow as an acknowledgement of the city’s long history of supporting LGBTQ rights. Atlanta Pride was cancelled in 2021 due to rising cases of COVID due to Delta variant & hope to give the community ways to engage with a message of Pride even if they can’t have a full festival. For More Info…

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