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Atlanta from the Ashes

Atlanta from the Ashes, 1969
Artist: Gamba Quirino
Designer: Jim Seigler (b. Augusta, GA, 1930, r. Houston, TX)

Considered the symbol of Atlanta’s rebirth, The Phoenix—as it is popularly known—was commissioned in 1969 by the Rich Foundation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its historic downtown department store.  James Siegler, who worked in Rich’s planning department, conceived of a sculpture of a woman lifting a bird of hope to the heavens, and drew the original drawings. Ultimately designed and cast in Italy, the sculpture became associated with the Phoenix, the mystical bird of Egyptian times, who was consumed by fire and rose from the ashes.  Now the unofficial symbol of Atlanta, it represents the city that ascended from the ashes and devastation of the Civil War to become an important international city.

The bronze sculpture was refurbished in 1995 and rededicated in Woodruff Park for the 1996 Centennial Olympics.  Since taking responsibility for The Phoenix’s maintenance and conservation, APAL has regularly washed and waxed the sculpture.  In 2004, with a grant from an anonymous donor, APAL repaired the bird wing and repatinated its bronze surface. 

MATERIALS: Bronze, marble

Sculpture  21’h
Pedestal 5’-0” w x 5’-8” d x 5’-1” h
Base – planting bed 26’X4” diameter x 6” high

Bradberry Studios


Nimrod Long and Associates

Design Team Coordinator

Phoenix Crane Rental Company


H.J. Russell & Company

General Contractor

LOCATION: Woodruff Park, Peachtree Street and Edgewood Avenue

Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA)
Installation: 1996