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Going On Foot

We are a weak and vulnerable people, but we can walk a little, every once in awhile. Atlanta is not kind to pedestrians, in general, and yet there are some wonderfully walkable places here. Hark sidewalks and crosswalks, bike-ped advocates and young urban planners, we salute you!

A recent exhibit at Georgia State University's Welch School Gallery (partly reviewed at ArtsAtl.com) on Peachtree Center Avenue.

A recent exhibit at Georgia State University’s Welch School Gallery (partly reviewed at ArtsAtl.com) on Peachtree Center Avenue.

The GSU area is very walkable and bejeweled with all sorts of coffee, waffle, and burrito joints.

Seen near the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard, less than a mile from GSU's Welch School Gallery.

Seen near the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard, less than a mile from GSU’s Welch School Gallery.

Very walkably east of GSU is the Martin Luther King Memorial and Auburn Avenue historic area. For refreshment, consider a game of checkers or billiards with beer.

A set of fine follies near that same intersection of Edgewood and Boulevard. Martin Luther King's Memorial and the street car line are a block away.

A set of fine follies near that same intersection of Edgewood and Boulevard. Martin Luther King’s Memorial and the street car line are a block away.

A recent visit to Greenville, SC, reminded us that the folks who love art and love to make it their business, also love to walk around, to be on foot, to check out the scene from a more human point of view than the automobile provides. The up and coming Pendleton art district is bound to boom.

In the Pendleton art district of west Greenville, SC, Clemson University hosts a studio outpost.

In the Pendleton art district of west Greenville, SC, Clemson University hosts a studio outpost.

Tripping and Bounding: Mary Engel at the W Hotel in Midtown

Spend a little time in a hotel lobby and you can feel like you just took a good, long trip.

That’s true even when the hotel lobby exhibits the same design sense as the typical drab room in a chain hotel.

An Engel animal, at right, prepares to bound into the W Hotel's lobby.

An Engel animal, at right, prepares to bound into the W Hotel’s lobby.

No fear of that at the W Hotel in midtown, which is now hosting an exhibit of Mary Engel’s sculptures.

The midtown W’s lobby and restaurant area struts some wild stuff. The ceiling swoops, the walls glow with multi-colored lights, and the furniture suggests a space odyssey.

An art patron admires an Engel work on display near the hotel's front desk.

An art patron admires an Engel work on display near the hotel’s front desk.

Engel’s work on display is her signature animal sculptures, where the surface of the animal is covered in small objects like coins or miniature toys. She has an elephant done up in bullets.

Bronze works by Engel seen in the foreground here, on a hotel patio, with mural by Molly Rose Freeman in the background.

Bronze works by Engel seen in the foreground here, on a W patio, with mural by Molly Rose Freeman in the background.

Engel’s sculptures are beautiful, and usually convey a gentle quality crossed with a great, confounding level of surrealist detail.

Right now, the lobby at the W in midtown is a really good trip.

Mary Engel’s sculptures are on display at the W in midtown through December 21, 2013. Marcia Wood’s Gallery arranged the exhibit.