Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sabine Woman by Dorothy Berge is BACK and I'm GLAD


I think this is the perhaps the best / best sighted sculpture in town. They'd hid her in the bushes for close to 20 years. I am unexpectedly emotional about it.

I ran into Gregor Turk last weekend. He told me they were "moving the Burge," said they spent three days just figuring how to take her apart. I needed to get over there.

 
This is "Sabine Woman" by Dorothy Alphena Berge (1923 - 2009), commissioned in 1968 to sit in front of 100 Colony Square at Peachtree and 14th Streets. See the map at the bottom of this post.

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Sometime in the 1990's they moved her around the corner to a little garden triangle between the 100 building and the W Hotel. They hid her in the bushes.

P1170549-2013-03-05-Midtown-Public-Art-Tour-by-Gregor-Turk-Phoenix-Flies-group-TK  Sabine Woman by Dorothy Alphena Berge
I got my picture taken with her last year, she's big.

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Yesterday I made my way from the North on foot.

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She's digging in.

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Look at that curve!

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I talked with these guys, they know they are working on something special.

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This is how you see her as you exit 100 Colony Square.

57 second video.


How to get there.


Bravo!

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Thanks to Gregor Turk and the Atlanta Preservation Center's Phoenix Flies for my formal introduction.

4 comments:

  1. Very cool. Thanks for sharing your stories and enthusiasm, Terry. Do you know how the sculpture came to be moved back into public view? Would love some backstory.

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    1. I was told that Colony Square's "new owners" moved it back. I'd like to hear the whole story starting in 1968.

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  2. so much better! she just wasn't visible before!!

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  3. Terry - wonderful article! Thank you so much for sharing! I have worked very close to this area for 21 years, and it will be a joy to see her in this prominent spot. Thank you for calling attention to this. Atlanta needs more great street art!

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