Atlanta park features "The Horn Section" by artist Zachary Coffin
ATLANTA, GA A towering new 35-foot sculpture commissioned by
Atlanta's Public Arts Program pays tribute to Cleopas Redwood Johnson
Jr., the late director of the Morris Brown College Band. Johnson is
recognized for breaking barriers that enabled the band from a
historically black college to perform at events where no such band had
The sculpture stands at the front end of Cleopas R. Johnson Park
which had previously been named in honor of the director in Atlanta's
historic Castleberry Hill Arts District located at the corner of Fair
Street and Northside Drive. The sculpture was officially dedicated as a
part of the City of Atlanta's public art program in December 2009.
Titled "The Horn Section," the monumental sculpture is constructed of
galvanized steel and eight-ton granite boulders. Its suspended trumpets bring to
mind the dynamic stance of a horn player and create a highly visible portal
for the southwestern district of Atlanta.
The artwork is one of six public structures commissioned by The City of
Atlanta's Public Art Program and was financed through the Opportunity
Bond's percent-for-art capitol project. Arts program officials
anticipate that "The Horn Section" will engage the culturally diverse
and historic Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods in a magnificent way.
The Office of Cultural Affairs was established in 1974 to encourage and support Atlanta's
cultural resources. The initial mission was to solidify the role that
arts and other cultural resources play in defining and enhancing the
social fabric and quality of life of Atlanta citizens and visitors.
Today the OCA is working to enhance Atlanta's reputation as a cultural
destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the
public to a rich and diverse range of cultural expressions through a
variety of initiatives. For more information visit www.AtlantaGA.gov.
Photos by Crystal Furlonge courtesy of Atlanta OCA.
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