Rendering of the new Atlantic Road

Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project

Raleigh Arts

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Public Input and Upcoming Meetings

Atlantic Avenue PublicInput Project Page

Public artist David Wilson is gathering inspiration and learning about the Atlantic Avenue community. Visit the PublicInput project page to view community comments, find out about upcoming stakeholder meetings, and to share input and stories about the neighborhood. Virtual community meetings held using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.

Project Details

The Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project is funded by the 2017 Transportation Bond. Capital Improvement Projects that meet the Percent for Art Ordinance standards, such as this one, are eligible to use 1% of construction funding for Public Art. Inclusion of aesthetics and artwork is an investment in our communities, with a focus on community identity and equity in quality of life. Communities gain cultural, social, and economic value through public art.

The project is located between Highwoods Boulevard and New Hope Church Road. The proposed improvements will improve safety and mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. Atlantic Avenue is currently four lanes from Highwoods Boulevard to New Hope Church Road with a posted speed of 35 miles per hour (mph). Commercial land use occurs mainly along the west side of the roadway while the east side is primarily residential. Proposed improvements include a median, sidewalks along the east side of the street, a multi-use path along the west side, street lights, and landscaping.

This project will include stand-alone or integrated public art, which may include stand-alone sculpture, artwork sited at stormwater catchment site(s), and/or artwork integrated into pedestrian paving, lighting, benches/bike racks or other site elements. The artist will work closely with the design team, project stakeholders, and neighborhood groups to ensure a successful outcome.

This project is part of the Percent for Art program and is a part of the Atlantic Avenue Improvement Project.


Estimated installation in 2025.

Artist Biography

Photo of artist David Wilson painting

Durham artist David Wilson's current body of work charts iconic treatments of the natural world through representations of the universal as symbols of collective dignity and identity and are based in a collage approach. A primary driver in his public works is the creation of interpretation by all with an overall goal to foster introspection, communication, and provide a platform for education. Wilson brings a scientific approach to the creation of both fine and public works of art. He has researched and developed firing and glazing techniques for glass paintings studied the effects of light in spaces and discovered techniques for bending and welding metal, free-standing public structures.




Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director

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