Passage - CODAworx

Client: National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Location: Atlanta, GA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team


Larry Kirkland

Project Manager

John Grant

Public Art Services


Craig Collins


The Passage is located at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. The two leaning glass and stainless steel structures create a gateway to the museum. The texts engraved into the glass by Nelson Mandela and Margaret Meade address the essence for the worldwide struggle of civil and human rights. The water flowing over the glass suggests a third quote by Dr. Martin Luther King: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” This work measures 36′ x 24′ x 24′.


The Passage serves as a gateway to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and activates the plaza with seating integrated into the design providing visitors a place to gather and reflect.


Conceived, commissioned, constructed and installed in less than eight months, this fast track water sculpture was a thrilling creative experience. Public Art Services provided the following services: Design coordination, Materials research, Budget management, Engineering coordination and oversight, Fabricator bid process, Fabrication oversight, Lighting design development, Shipping, Installation services, Scheduling, Project close-out.