The Medium is an all-inclusive art and food park located in English Avenue, a historically robust and currently underserved community in Atlanta. Using the arts of painting, sculpture, cooking, music, and graffiti, The Medium will help to revitalize the community’s art scene and provide a sanctuary for artists to flourish.
The visitors will enter the site through the alley along the historic St. Mark’s Church. The graphic elements of the alley include floor murals and hanging art which act as a threshold to transport visitors to the main central courtyards. On site, there are 5 shipping containers which serve as incubator kitchens for 5 vendors in the community looking to grow their businesses from their back porch to a storefront. These containers face inwards on the site to create a courtyard complete with raised mounds equipped with benches which are lit from underneath to provide seating for those visiting the vendors. Continuing to follow the alley, the path opens to a larger green space which is sloped, allowing for people to gather, create, and connect. From this view, one is able to see the double height interior art galley adjacent to the vibrant open-air gallery. On the back side of the gallery lies the graffiti tunnel, where anyone visiting The Medium can showcase their art on the walls. This tunnel leads to a secondary arts courtyard which acts as an extension of the art galley and directs you into the main arts courtyard, also equipped with a seating mound. The shapes of the paths and mounds are all drawn from graffiti and street art while the shipping containers act as anchors for the landscape.