The falcon sculpture by Gábor Miklós Sz?ke will be the largest in the world.
The falcon sculpture by Gábor Miklós Sz?ke will be the largest in the world.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) have revealed the first renderings of two giant sculptures to be installed at the stadium, as well as the artists selected for the comprehensive art collection, which will feature over 100 works of art commissioned for spaces throughout the two-million-square-foot building.

Two large-scale sculptures depicting a falcon in flight and a soccer ball are being created to honor the stadium’s home teams, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United. Located on the exterior grounds of the stadium, the falcon and soccer ball will be positioned in prominent community spaces designed around the building.

The falcon, rising 41.5 feet tall with a wingspan of over 64 feet, will be the largest bird sculpture in the world. Constructed by Gábor Miklós Sz?ke of Budapest, the stainless steel work, capturing the moment of a touchdown, will be erected on the main plaza facing the city skyline. The second piece, a mirror-faceted soccer ball standing almost 35 feet high created by Studio Roso of London, will sit by the north entrance overlooking the green space being developed on the current site of the Georgia Dome.

A mirror-faceted soccer ball is being created by Studio Roso of London.

To date, 53 artists, locally and internationally acclaimed, have been selected to create artwork for the stadium’s interior public spaces and exterior plazas, including all concourses, club and suite spaces and corporate offices. Curated by SCAD, The Art Collection at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will explore themes including football, soccer, the history and culture of Georgia and the Atlanta community. The collection will feature work across mediums, including sculpture, painting and drawing, photography, mixed media and digital art.

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.