Atlanta, GA

MARTA announces large-scale lighting artwork at Grant Street Tunnel

LaShaun Williams

ATLANTA, GA — MARTA public art program Artbound, together with experimental art company Dashboard, announced on June 16 that they had installed a large-scale lighting artwork at the Grant Street Tunnel.

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

“We’re excited to expand our public art program Artbound from our rail stations to the surrounding communities. Our hope is that Reflection Tunnel will be an inspiring and unique experience for our customers and all who use this route,” said Katherine Dirga, Director MARTA Artbound.

Artist Adam Bostic carried out the tunnel transformation with 20,000-piece art activation that will transform the tunnel’s interior using safety reflectors and give a safe space for pedestrians. The project will combine an interactive series of oral histories reflecting on the past and present of the surrounding neighborhoods, which will be showcased along the 300-foot sidewalk.

Scott Morris, co-founder of preservation non-profit Historic Atlanta, will gather, preserve, and highlight stories from neighbors, business owners, community leaders, and others related to the area.

The Grant Street Tunnel transformation is a part of MARTA’s transit-oriented development (TOD) at King Memorial Station, which serves Georgia State students and downtown residents as well as a key connector to historical sites, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home and Oakland Cemetery.

The area, residential and commercial, has experienced substantial growth in the last years, and station enhancements will give a welcoming, publicly accessible space for this growing number of people to enjoy downtown with safety and take in the rich cultural scene.

In addition, MARTA and Dashboard will be hosting a community event to celebrate the project, which will take place on Friday, July 23, from noon until 2 p.m.

For more detailed information about the tunnel transformation, visit

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