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Artistry in Motion!

The City of Duluth, Georgia, led by the Gateway Art Project Committee (GAPC) and Mayor Nancy Harris, are very pleased to announce that out of 85 letters of intent from artists all over the country for this very exciting public art project, the committee has selected local artist, Michael Dillon, from Milton, Georgia to design Duluth's first piece of public art. The design will be a permanent piece of original art to be installed in the center of the newly constructed roundabout located at the intersections of West Lawrenceville Street, McClure Bridge Road and Irvindale Road. This historic residential setting is considered a "gateway" into downtown Duluth, and this piece of art is expected to become a significant icon in our City and an important symbol to welcome citizens and visitors alike into the heart of Duluth.

The generous donation for this initial project is from the AGCO Corporation (, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment and Fortune 500 Company, whose corporate headquarters is located in Duluth. AGCO distributes their products in more than 140 countries worldwide and is a publicly traded company with additional locations in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Michael Dillon is the owner of Dillon Forge, an artist/blacksmith studio in Milton, Georgia. Dillon has been creating beautiful works of art for 20 years. His goal is to build a relationship with each client/community he works with and to bring forth a collaborative vision for a highly crafted work of art.

The GAPC was formed in January 2012 to plan and implement the process of selecting a piece (or pieces) of public art to be located in the center of the roundabout. This initial site-specific project is the first of many public art pieces the City hopes to commission to enhance the beauty and culture of Duluth and the surrounding areas.

This webpage is the primary information source for this project. We encourage you to ask questions, leave comments or sign up by email to receive any updates. FAQs will also be posted on a regular basis, as well as photographs of our progress.

Exciting things are happening in Duluth!

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