Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mayor Shirley Franklin to Take Part in the Celebration of the Re-dedication of New Endings in Freedom Park

Artist Diane Kempler to address exciting new location of public art

On Thursday, October 22, Mayor Shirley Franklin, the City of Atlanta, and the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art division are hosting the rededication of Diane Kempler’s New Endings. The dedication ceremony starts at 11:30 am. New Endings is now located in Freedom Park at Euclid and North Avenues.

New Endings was commissioned in 1996 by the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta, prior to the Olympic Games. The artwork celebrates both the natural environment and the emergence of the City of Atlanta.

“New Endings has a new beginning in its new home in Freedom Park. This new location gives a fresh start and access to a new and different audience. I hope the neighbors in the Freedom Park community enjoy it,” said artist Diane Kempler.

“We have been privileged to work with Central Atlanta Progress and Diane Kempler to find a wonderful home for this treasured artwork. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work that the Offices of Parks and Park Design dedicated to the project. The setting is beautiful,” said Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Diane Kempler has been a professor of ceramics at Emory University since 1997. Kempler received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and studied at Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC. Kempler’s work has been exhibited in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Her work can be found in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA, American Craft Museum in New York City, and Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. As an artist, Kempler is interested in the dualities of life, such as beginnings and endings, and the ongoing dialogue that they create in the world around us. New Endings is her only public artwork in Atlanta, Georgia.

The City of Atlanta’s Public Art Program worked with the artist and Central Atlanta Progress to relocate this artwork to a location that best suited both parties. In addition to New Endings, there will be several other new art installations around the city this fall.
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