54 COLUMNS, 1999
located on Highland Ave at Glen Iris Drive
Commissioned by Fulton County Arts council, this minimalist structure by renowned artist Sol LeWitt integrates art and architecture. The work comprised of 54 concrete pillars ranging in height from 10 to 20 feet and arranged in a triangular layout references the urban environment and Atlanta’s skyline.
Sol LeWitt (September 9, 1928 – April 8, 2007) was an American artist linked to various movements including conceptual art and minimalism. His media were predominantly painting, drawing, and structures (a term he preferred in opposition to sculpture).
He has been the subject of hundreds of solo exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world since 1965. His prolific two and three-dimensional work ranges from Wall Drawings, over 1200 of which have been executed, to photographs and hundreds of works on paper and extends to structures in the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions. These works range in size from maquettes to monumental outdoor pieces.
LeWitt moved to New York City in the 1950s and studied at the School of Visual Arts later, for a year, he was a graphic designer in the office of architect I.M. Pei. The Museum of Modern Art, New York gave Sol LeWitt his first retrospective in 1978-79. At the time of his death, LeWitt had just organized a retrospective of his work at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio.