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MARTA to host ribbon cutting, block party to celebrate Grant Street tunnel transformation

Amy Cheribelle

ATLANTA, GA — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority public art program Artbound and experimental art company Dashboard will be hosting a ribbon-cutting and a community block party to celebrate the transformation of the Grant Street tunnel.

This event will take place on Friday, July 23, from noon until 2 p.m., at King Memorial rail station, 377 Decatur St. SE & Grant St., Atlanta, GA 30312.

Reflection Tunnel shows a 20,000-piece art activation by Adam Bostic. It also features interactive oral histories showing the past and present of the surrounding neighborhoods gathered by Scott Morris from Historic Atlanta.

The transformation of the tunnel was part of MARTA’s transit-oriented development (TOD), which is located at King Memorial rail station on the East/West Line.

The TOD serves as a bustling hub between Georgia State students and downtown residents and a principal connector to historical sites, including Oakland Cemetery and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home. The area has experienced substantial growth in recent years. The improvements are hoped to provide a welcoming, publicly accessible space to safely enjoy the downtown and take in the vibrant cultural scene.

MARTA General Manager & CEO Jeffrey Parker, elected officials, artist Adam Bostic, Artbound and Dashboard organizers will attend this event.

Guests will have the opportunity to take a tour of Reflection Tunnel together with the artist and curator to share their own “reflections” at the story booth. There are also refreshments from LottaFrutta and King of Pops.

To learn more about MARTA Transit-Oriented Development, visit here

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