BOA14_WinnerBadge2_300pxImagination Becomes Reality at the Abernathy Greenway Linear Park. Atlanta Magazine named The Playable Art Park a “Best of Atlanta 2014” park.

2012 ArtSS Sculpture Competition Winners

With a generous grant from Northside Hospital, the Sandy Springs Conservancy (SSC) sought to contribute park amenities to the new Abernathy Greenway Linear Park. Starting in 2011, SSC formed a joint venture with ArtSS to create a new kind of playground for children of all ages — one filled with real art to play on, play with, or inspire imagination.

Together with SSC, ArtSS hosted a Playable Art Sculpture contest with submissions from artists around the world. With over 100 entries submitted by the Fall of 2011, the Playable Art Park Committee spent long hours pouring over submissions and screening entries on the criteria of visual interest, interactive play, structural safety and artistic merit.

PAP CollageIn January 2012, the Playable Art Park Committee submitted the six contest winners in a formal presentation to the City of Sandy Springs, presenting the entries as a gift to the City for installation in the linear park at Abernathy Greenway. Click here to see article from the Sandy Springs Reporter.

Six scale model maquettes of the six winning sculptures can be viewed by the public at the Abernathy Arts Center, 254 Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs. Click Here to visit the Abernathy Arts Center website for visitor hours and parking information.