Published on March 19th, 2016 |2
Design of John Portman’s sculpture for Loudermilk Park is unveiled
The original design drawings for the redevelopment of the triangle park, back around 2008, included a steel, modern sculpture piece for the same location in the park, where Peachtree and
Roswell roads come together at the crossroads with Paces Ferry Road—the origin point of Buckhead. BuckheadView has reported on the progress of that since 2011.
This steel-and-water Portman sculpture, entitled “Aspiration” does not look like the original design suggested as part of the new park design. But it is the culmination of a mutual admiration between best friends Portman and Charlie Loudermilk, the Buckhead civic and business leader and philanthropist, who paid millions to rejuvenate the Buckhead Theatre across the street from the park as well as toward the redesign of the park itself.
“Charlie Loudermilk and I share more than a love for the city of Atlanta; we share a deep friendship and mutual respect for one another,” Portman said in a written statement to the Buckhead Reporter newspaper, which was first to show the design of the sculpture.
“I am honored to have been asked to create a sculpture for his park. I put my heart into creating something of meaning for him and also in recognition of the significance of Buckhead in our urban fabric,” Portman told Buckhead Reporter in a press release statement to the newspaper.
But all has not yet been put in place to assure that the sculpture will be in place by year’s end. The artwork still faces approval through the city’s review and approval of public art pieces—a process that is not expected to deny or delay the sculpture installation.
“We designed the park to accommodate a future sculpture, and Mr. Loudermilk suggested Portman,” Buckhead Community Improvement District Executive Director Jim Durrett said in an email to Buckhead Reporter. “Hopefully, this year we will end with the sculpture in the park,” Durrett told the CID board at its March meeting.
Durrett said, the cost, likely in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will be split equally between the CID and Loudermilk.
The sculpture presently exists only as a scale model. It will be fabricated by Polich Tallix Fine Arts Foundry in New York State. Polich Tallix also created the Oscar statuettes for this year’s Academy Awards, according to press releases.
(For the full Buckhead Reporter story, click here.)