Lantern Parade kicks off 2014 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

Expect 8 miles of temporary installations, permanent additions, and performances
Photograph by Christopher T. Martin
Photograph by Christopher T. Martin

Hardy souls who attended early Art on the Atlanta BeltLine events clambered over abandoned rail lines and industrial right-of-ways. Back then, the idea of a twenty-two-mile transit loop through town seemed as fanciful as the kinetic sculptures on display. What a difference a few years (and some paving) makes: Last year, more than 10,000 people took part in the kickoff Lantern Parade along the Eastside Trail.

The 2014 art program will cover roughly eight miles of the route and include temporary installations, permanent additions to the BeltLine’s public art collection, and a host of performances. You’ll have a chance to preview yet-to-be-paved sections of the route and, yes, join the lantern-toting throng.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, September 6–November 15,

This article originally appeared in our September 2014 issues under the headline “Trail Mix.”