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The City of Decatur has an extensive collection of art works on display around the city, ranging from the familiar sculptures installed around the square to pieces purchased at the Decatur Arts Festival over the years. These works are on display in various buildings and offices, and are featured in Art Walk events to make them as accessible as possible.

The complete collection has been cataloged and photographed, and the images and descriptions are available for viewing here: publicartarchive.org/search/apachesolr_search/decatur

The Decatur Artway is a juried outdoor sculpture gallery comprising 10 works placed in downtown Decatur and Oakhurst Village. See the list of sculptures and locations here: decaturartsalliance.org/decatur-artway-sculptures 

These sculptures and spaces can currently be enjoyed around (or near) the downtown square:

Public Art   

Celebration

Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson, her granddaughter, Rosalyn Carter and Mayor Bill Floyd at the sculpture dedication in 2000.

Celebration by Gary Price

A quote from the artist inscribed on the base of this sculpture defines its meaning: "Imagine a world without limits, without boundaries, without prejudice and blame. Imagine an existence full of self-confidence, self-esteem and not only tolerance but love for others regardless of color, socio-economic or any other standing. To me that is what the future holds. That is what children represent and that is the type of world I would like to help others imagine can come to pass."

The inscription also applies to Elizabeth Wilson, Mayor Emerita, and her vision for our community. The Decatur citizens purchased this sculpture to honor her and commemorate her retirement from the Decatur City Commission. It was dedicated in 2000.

With her election in 1983, Elizabeth Wilson became the first African-American to serve on the City Commission. In 1993, she became the first African-American mayor, a position she held until 1998. She retired from the Commission in 1999.

A civil rights activist, community health center advocate, neighborhood leader, public servant, mother, grandmother and friend, Elizabeth Wilson is a quiet, dedicated trailblazer who forever changed this city with her gentle but firm determination to create a better community for all citizens.

Valentine
Valentine by George Lundeen

This bronze sculpture, located in front of the Old Courthouse, reflects the enduring love shared by two people. The artist completed a sculpture of this couple early in their life together and revisited them years later for this piece.

The sculpture is on permanent loan from Wesley Woods Center, the geriatric services component of Emory Health Care. The City of Decatur gratefully acknowledges the Center's generosity and dedicates this sculpture to the anonymous donor who made it possible.
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson by George Lundeen

This sculpture of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, also sits in front of the Old Courthouse.

It was dedicated by the City of Decatur on Oct. 23, 2000, to the memory of U.S. Senator Paul D. Coverdell (1939-2000). Senator Coverdell devoted his life and career to the principles of liberty set forth by Thomas Jefferson.

"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouths of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." - Thomas Jefferson

"Freedom is the genesis of all American glory." - U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell

Commodore Stephen Decatur Commodore Stephen Decatur
1779-1820
The City of Decatur was named in honor of Commodore Decatur, an early 19th century U.S. naval hero. This bust of the commodore was presented to the City by the Decatur Lions Club. It can be seen on the Roy A. Blount Plaza (also known as the MARTA Plaza) near the Old Courthouse.
Roy Blount Plaza

Roy A. Blount Plaza
A pleasant gathering place and walkthrough to downtown Decatur, the plaza is also the scene of community events during the year. It is dedicated to the memory of a great builder of homes and schools, who also was instrumental in the development of the rapid transit system that runs beneath the plaza.

Roy A. Blount (1913-1974)
Chairman, Decatur Board of Education 1962-1965
Chairman, MARTA Board of Directors 1971-1972
President, Decatur Federal Savings And Loan Association 1960-1974

mural

Living Walls Murals
Various artists

In 2011 the Atlanta-based Living Walls conference commissioned ten artists to paint seven murals in the City of Decatur. Click here to see a map of the mural that are located throughout the city.