Community Improvement Districts (CIDs) are known in metro Atlanta for their traffic-unclogging transportation projects. But the Boulevard CID in south Fulton County is using the installation of public art displays to not only to denote the completion of a $1.8 million interchange improvement project, but also to embody the district’s renaissance.
Making visitors aware that they’re entering the largest industrial corridor on the eastern half of the United States is the goal of the sculpture titled “Stella Nova,” or “New Star” recently added by the Boulevard CID to the interchange at Fulton Industrial Boulevard and Interstate 20. The sculpture caps off a streetscapes improvement project that included upgraded landscaping, pedestrian crosswalks, streetlighting as well as concrete and curb repairs.
CID Executive Director Gil Prado said the district selected Atlanta-based artist David Landis to complete the unique sculpture after issuing a request for proposal that received international responses.
Prado said Stella Nova bolsters the CID’s commitment to increase awareness of the overall attractiveness and dynamic economy of the commercial district and pointed out that the sculpture expands on other public artwork that helps create a visual sense of place in the district.