After in person design review workshops were held, two out of five concept designs rose to the top. Please review the top two designs below and choose the answer that aligns the closest to your opinion of the designs.
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Question title

rendering of tree rings in metal - public art

The Tree Ring design takes inspiration from the nature and trees surrounding the Atlantic Avenue area and Brentwood neighborhood.

Words or silhouettes of homes, animals, floral + fauna, and people could be laser cut into a colorful metal ring pattern to create the visual of a tree ring from a distance but narrate the story of the community upon closer viewing. The rings would be various sizes and potentially finished with color and arranged along the expanse of the retaining wall.

I prefer the Frequency Design
I like this Tree Ring design the best
I would like the Tree Ring the best with some changes (please leave comments below)
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Question title

The Frequency Design is based on the metaphor of movement and sound. Patterns of multi-colored squares that are akin to windows will be applied throughout the span of the sculpture. Additional layers will depict flora and nature of the greenway and parks in the neighborhood. Finally, a layer of quirky, continuous line drawings will depict abstract faces and icons will connect the diversity of people and community.

I like this Frequency Design the best out of the two options
I prefer the Tree Ring Design
I would like the Frequency Design best with some changes (please provide additional comments in comment box)
Closed to responses | 25 Responses

Atlantic Ave Public Art - Final Concept Design 1

​ For more information please watch the artist's video presentation about his process and designs for Atlantic Avenue.

Atlantic Ave Public Art - Concept Design

​ We would love to hear your thoughts on public art opportunities along Atlantic Avenue.If you have questions about the project, or would like a project team member to meet with you or a group you...

Atlantic Ave Public Art - Brentwood Neighborhood Story Collection

Would you like to become a project stakeholder and contribute stories to the Atlantic Ave Public art project? Your insight will help artist David Wilson create an artwork that contributes to the identity...

Thank you for your input! Your comments are important and will help the public artists understand what residents value and want to see along Atlantic Avenue.

If you have questions about the project, or would like a project team member to meet with you or a group you represent, please contact Public Art Director Kelly McChesney at (919) 996-5657 or

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About Raleigh Public Art

Mission: To create and integrate diverse artworks into Raleigh's landscape in order to establish a vibrant visual environment that provides public places with civic distinction, as well as fostering meaningful connections between people and place.

History: In 2009, the City of Raleigh adopted ordinances creating the Percent Art Program. The program allocates 1% of funds from capital construction projects for public art. Public art associated with City of Raleigh construction projects is managed by the Raleigh Arts Office. More information about Raleigh Arts can be found at  

The Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project is funded by the 2017 Transportation Bond. Capital Improvement Projects that meet the Percent for Art Ordinance standards, such as this one, are eligible to use 1% of construction funding for Public Art. Inclusion of aesthetics and artwork is an investment in our communities, with a focus toward community identity and equity in quality of life. 

In-Person Design Conversations & Family-Friendly Art Activities

Enjoy family-friendly arts activities and refreshments.

Drop in to see designs by David Wilson and help create art designs for the Atlantic Avenue retaining wall.


4/20 10am-12pm

at Brentwood Community Center


4/22 10am-12pm

at Brentwood Community Center




Community Meetings - Final Concept Design

Please join us to talk with artist David Wilson as he talks through his concept designs for public art on Atlantic Avenue. After reviewing community feedback on previous design interations, David will be presenting revised designs and available to hear additional community input.  Meetings will be held virtually by Zoom, and they will be recorded and posted on this project page for those who are unable to attend.

Tuesday, March 21st, 6-7pm
Thursday, March 23rd, 12-1pm

Final Concept Design Workshop

November 5th, 2022 at Brentwood Community Center. 9-11am.

Image of postcard invitation for Atlantic Avenue workshop and final concept design review

Concept Design Meetings 1 & 2

April 20th, 2021 and August 13, 2021

Image of artist's concept design. A frequency with a spectrum of colors

Community Input Meetings 3 &4

August 25th, 2020 at 12pm and August 27th, 2020 at 6pm

Invitation to Zoom community meetings to gather input for the Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project

Community Input Meetings 1 & 2

July 28th, 2020 at 11am and July 30th, 2020 at 6pm

Invitation to Zoom community meetings to gather input for the Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project

Frequently Asked Questions

The Public Art and Design Board (PADB) works with staff to allocate capital improvement project (percent for art) funds for public art, develop calls for artists and designate community selection panels to select artists for projects. The artists calls developed are published and shared widely through the City website, newsletters, social media, local and regional partners, and national public artist resources.

From these open calls for artists, the finalists are selected by a panel that includes community members, local artists and representatives from the project stakeholders. These panels are built to reflect the demographics of the City, at minimum and optimally to reflect the area we are working in. The panel usually includes neighbors, representatives from nearby community organizations, community leaders, a member of the design team or staff from the facility, local artists and a PADB member. Their goal is to select an artist who will do the best job from the pool of applicants who apply using criteria developed for the project based on stakeholder goals.

The panel will review artist applications and select 3-5 artists to interview. After the interviews, the panel will either select a finalist or will request that the artist call be republished. Once a finalist has been selected, the PADB will review and approve the selection before staff can begin the process of contracting with the artist. The artist selection process is typically 3-5 months.