Crews lower Rockspinner into place.
Crews lower Rockspinner into place.

A crane was used to lower at 22,000 pound boulder into place at the corner of Peachtree and 10th Streets this morning. The piece of interactive, kinetic art called Rockspinner is mounted on a bearing that allows passers-by to slowly turn it around.

Zach Coffin, the artist who created Rockspinner, has been creating kinetic sculpture since 1997 and has pieces across the US and in Switzerland. Coffin said “The idea behind the Rockspinner, like most of the sculptures I create, is to make a plaything, an object that allows you to interact with a mass equivalent to 10 tons. One of the most satisfying parts of these sculptures is seeing the amazement of people who come up to a seemingly immovable boulder and find they can move it.”

Kevin Green, Midtown Alliance President and CEO, said “This is a first for Midtown – a large piece of participatory art on the street and in the public realm for all to enjoy. We encourage people to come by and take it for a spin, and hope to see other art projects that add surprise and delight emerging in the district.”

Dewberry Capital is leasing the land at 10th and Peachtree to Midtown Alliance for $1 per year. John Dewberry, CEO and President said “The new kinetic sculpture by Zach Coffin brings an interactive and thought-provoking anchor to this prominent corner and is consistent with Dewberry Capital’s commitment to support art and community activities that enliven the district. It’s not just real estate…it’s real life.”


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.