Decatur Retail District Sculpture Call- Decatur, GA

  • Commissioning Entity

    Decatur Arts Alliance

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  • Location of Commission

    Decatur, Georgia, United States

  • Commission Portal

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  • Geographic Eligibilty


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  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Brief Description

    The Decatur Arts Alliance, with the City of Decatur, seeks artists for acquisition of existing work at the new Sam’s Crossing retail/residential district on the east side of Decatur, Georgia. The Decatur Arts Alliance is seeking three different sculptures, each to be installed at one of three specific sites within the retail/ residential district. Sculpture artists can submit completed or in-progress work. An evaluation committee of arts professionals, real estate developers, and city staff will review the submissions and recommend the finalists for selection.


    The Decatur Arts Alliance invites submissions from artists who are eligible to work in the United States. Qualified applicants will be familiar with Decatur, Georgia.


    The project development site is located within the City of Decatur, at its eastern boundary, one block from the Avondale MARTA Station. Bounded by East Ponce de Leon Avenue to the south, Arcadia Avenue to the north, and a transitioning semi-industrial area to the east, the development site is along thoroughfares that serve as gateway entrances to the City of Decatur. In addition, the Stone Mountain multi-use trail is located directly across the development along East Ponce de Leon Avenue.

    The Sam’s Crossing retail/residential district is on a 10-acre site and comprises 69,000 square feet of commercial retail space, including a Publix grocery at 2720 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., and the 290-unit Notion apartments at 175 N. Arcadia Ave. Building construction of the retail development was completed in November 2021. The residential apartments will be completed in summer 2022.

    The building materials used in the retail/residential development are:

    • Precast concrete
    • Steel
    • Masonry
    • Wood
    • Decorative brick


      Opportunities for art at the project site are currently limited to small- to largescale sculptures (depending on the site) composed of artistic stonework, metal, and environmental art. The materials must be appropriate for exterior installation and four-season weather conditions of North Georgia.


      While the art need not necessarily have a reference to retail establishments in the district, it should explore the surrounding community.

      • Placemaking: the Decatur Arts Alliance encourages art that generates a sense of place and gathering—innovative art that becomes a destination in and of itself.
      • Inclusiveness: art that celebrates the diversity of the surrounding community and that strives to be relatable to all viewers.
      • Interaction: art that is immersive and encourages the viewer to touch, move around, move through or otherwise engage with the work.
      • Sustainability: art that explores or interacts with the natural world and makes use of renewable and natural materials.

      For full application info, click the commission portal link. To apply, please click this link here.