By the Fall of 2012, Abernathy Road will have a completely different look. The Sandy Springs Conservancy and Art Sandy Springs have joined forces to create the Playable Art Park at Abernathy Greenway. These are two different components: the Abernathy Greenway and the Playable Art Park. First, the Abernathy Greenway is going to be a mile-long stretch of greenspace situated on both sides of Abernathy Road. For those that travel on this highly congested stretch of asphalt every day, the new park will provide much more beautiful scenery.
In addition, the Greenway will be home to the Playable Art Park – an innovative and fun way to expose children to art. Funded by Northside Hospital, the Playable Art Park will help children experience art by encouraging them to climb on it, jump from it, crawl through it, move it and just plain play around it. This unique play space will inspire children on many levels.
Making the new play park even more a part of the community, local artists or teams of artists are welcome to submit original artwork to be considered. Applications are being accepted through October 1, 2011. So, if you want to contribute to this one-of-a-kind playground, start the application process now. Six sculpture zones will be chosen, and the winning sculptures could receive up to $40,000 each, in addition to having their artwork indefinitely on display in a city park. The artwork must meet the criteria of the competition: to inspire play; have artistic merit; be safe, site appropriate, feasible and durable. Artists may submit existing work or designs for new work. The sculptures will be gifted to the City of Sandy Springs for installation in the Abernathy Greenway.
For more information about the competition and the project in general, visit www.playableartpark.org
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