At the corner of Highland Avenue and Glen Iris Dr. stand a number of concrete columns peppering the lot. The effect is the look of something in ruins, or of something in the first stages of being built. But 54 Columns is neither of these things. It is art.
54 Columns is a minimalist piece by artist Sol Lewitt.
The light grey concrete columns range from 10 to 20 feet high and are reflective of the urban environment and the Atlanta skyline. The structure sits on land donated to Fulton County for its first commissioned public art sponsorship in 1999. The piece has been controversial from its creation for being unconventional; most assume the columns are a failed construction project rather than a complete work of art. The piece lends itself to interaction. Walking through the structure at different times of day can give you a whole new perspective on the lines of the piece and the way the lighting and shadow moves it.
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