Creating the Art and the Archive

Atlanta Legacy Makers is an initiative led by Central Atlanta Progress in partnership with the City of Atlanta. This project is a public commemoration of two Atlanta mayors, Ivan Allen Jr. and Maynard Jackson. Through this effort, we embrace the legacy that Atlantans—now and next—are charged to carry forward.

The Atlanta Legacy Makers Curatorial Committee is proud to announce that

has been chosen as the team to complete the commemorative sculpture honoring Mayors Allen and Jackson in Woodruff Park.


Read more about the submission process and teams here.


A reimagined northern portion of Woodruff Park, featuring an elevated 50’ diameter ringed steel surface shape bearing on intermittently spaced columns angled to extend radially to markers that relate to the locations in the City relevant to the two mayors.

Entering the cicular volume, the inner surface of the ring will incorporate the artwork of Atlanta artist William Downs, whose narrative work will broadly tell the story of the City of Atlanta during Allen and Jackson’s mayoral terms (1960s to 1990s).

Regraded and redesigned hardscape prioritizes universal accessibility and landscape mimicking Atlanta’s indigenous ecological systems, from semi- shaded woodlands to upland meadows.

“A monument that you experience as opposed to gaze upon. One has a very different relationship with a work of art when the circumstances are such that they can inhabit it and are, in a sense, within the artwork.”

– Point Office Design Team

“A monument that belongs in Atlanta, that encourages those who encounter it to look up – at each other, at the public artwork, and at the city beyond.”

– Point Office Design Team

Point Office + William Downs + Lord Aeck Sargent Team

William Downs


Clark Tate AIA

Principal in Charge, Point Office

Matt Cherry ASLA, PLA

Senior Associate, Lord Aeck Sargent

Sarah Boyer LEED AP

Project Manager, Lord Aeck Sargent

Julia Doolittle

Landscape Designer, Lord Aeck Sargent

Karen Jenkins PE, AIA

Principal in Charge, Shear Structural

Candice Cobb EIT

Design Engineer, Shear Structural

Kevin Edwards PE

Principal in Charge, Eberly & Associates

Morgan Gabler IALD

Principal in Charge, Gabler Youngston

Jim Youngston IALD

Collaborating Principal, Gabler Youngston

Lauren Lyngarkos

Project Manager, Gabler Youngston

Ginny Moore

Principal in Charge, Mills Specialty Metals


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The public art piece will be installed at the north end of Woodruff Park – right where Peachtree Street meets Auburn Avenue.

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The idea for an artistic tribute to Mayors Allen and Jackson was born in 2018 when local developer Gene Kansas invited Gary M. Pomerantz, the author of Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, to speak. During the talk, Pomerantz shared the significance of both Atlanta mayors on the history of our city. Inspired by the talk and the feedback from guests in attendance, journalist Maria Saporta (Saporta Report) wrote an opinion piece encouraging the city to commemorate the special relationship between the Mayors in the form of a sculpture at the intersection of Peachtree St. and Auburn Avenue.