The Art of Reconciliation

November 11, 2018
Atlanta, USA

The Art of Reconciliation (2015) by William Massey.

“The Art of Reconciliation” is a collaborative artwork made by 200+ people and coordinated by William Massey.

Each week, participants would first help clean up the streets of Atlanta, gathering discarded objects. Then, he arranged and affixed the objects onto metal frames and welcomed the community to collectively paint abstract colors, imagery, and personal stories over all the abandoned junk – revitalizing the wreckage – one section per week, for twelve weeks.

The art sessions were open and inclusive, co-hosted by ReMerge in Atlanta’s Central Park, consistently welcoming members from all facets of society; homeless adults, soccer moms, hipsters, children, veterans, prostitutes, LGBTQ, black, white… labels becoming truly insignificant as we gathered around purposeful, creative connection.

The sculpture was initially installed on the Atlanta BeltLine’s East-side trail under Freedom Pkwy from 2015-2016 and is currently awaiting reinstallation.


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