Joining the world’s largest freestanding bird sculpture in downtown Atlanta, a new place-appropriate piece of art has risen near the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), in a plaza across from Philips Arena.
The sculpture doesn’t honor a person or historic event, but rather Georgia’s signature fruit: the peach.
Technically, the newly installed “Modern Peach” celebrates the 50-year legacy of venerable college football matchup the Peach Bowl, which takes place annually on the GWCC campus.
Unveiled before last week’s inaugural Chick-fil-A Kickoff games in the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the five-ton, stainless-steel peach silhouette tops out at an imposing 28-feet. That’s taller than a two-story building.
The work of Cumming-based sculptor Gregory Johnson, the creation took more than 175 workers to create, build, and install.
Johnson’s goal in creating the work was to bring “joy and a smile to everyone who sees it,” per the GWCC.
With its prominent position on Andrew Young International Boulevard, and iconic Georgia connection, the sculpture is sure to be a favorite for fans hoping to snap a selfie.
Isn’t that just peachy?