City approves Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks project
The city has officially approved rainbow crosswalks to be painted at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, with the project scheduled to be completed just in time for the Atlanta Pride Festival in October.
The approval came at an Urban Design Commission hearing on Aug. 12 attended by Robert Sepulveda Jr., the founder of RSJdesign who is the mastermind behind bringing the public art project to Atlanta.
“This is not only a win for the LGBT community, but a win for all citizens of Atlanta, these crosswalks symbolize the diversity of our community, while spreading a clear visual message of acceptance, unity and tolerance, no matter ones race, gender, creed or sexual orientation,” Sepulveda said in a press release following the hearing.
Sepulveda plans on forming a nonprofit organization around the project as well that would use public art and community outreach to advance diversity and equality.
Robin Shahar, Mayor Kasim Reed’s LGBT advisor, is hammering out details of the installation and maintenance of the crosswalks which will then need to be agreed upon and approved by the Atlanta City Council. Sepulveda anticipates final passage at the council’s Sept. 8 meeting.
Then it’s time for installation and completion of the crosswalks, which is planned for the weekend before Atlanta Pride, which is taking place Oct. 10 and 11. The twonight job will be followed by a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Robert Sepulveda Jr. is forming an Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks nonprofit organization as well. (Photo via Facebook)