Artist Statement

Unlock Your ATL is a free-art project with an extra challenge. 100 small pieces of Atlanta-themed art will be locked to fences along the BeltLine trail. Matching keys are hidden just a few feet away. Trail-goers are invited to find a key, unlock a piece of art and take it home with them. The pieces of art are all unique, but they share the same “ATL” design as a base. The goal of this project is to encourage people to explore new areas of the BeltLine and to create a sense of ownership and involvement with the city.


Artist Bio

Duncan Shirah is a sculptor specializing in functional and interactive art. He works with industrial processes and materials to create forms that favor simplicity and utility. These sculptures often incorporate a natural or social concept that gives the object meaning beyond its aesthetics and function. Duncan was born and raised in Atlanta, GA where he received a formal fine arts education and found work in the foundry and film industry. He also helped start MASS Collective, a community workshop that provides tools, education, and workspace to creative people across disciplines. Duncan continues to work with local arts organizations and strives to develop interactive projects that inspire curiosity, play, and relate to our sense of place in the natural world.