Artlantic is a series of creative interventions envisioned by curator Lance Fung to activate vacant spaces in the heart of Atlantic City. Beginning in the fall of 2012 and continuing through 2016, various international artists and architects, working in conjunction with emerging and local talent, will re-interpret these unique environments, transforming empty lots into vibrant art playground displays that welcome residents and visitors alike. Each year will bring a new exhibition.
In November 2012, the first two installations launched titled Atlantic: Wonder. The design of the larger location
evokes roller coasters, past and present, on the Steel Pier and also draws inspiration from the terraced rice fields that Fung visited in Indonesia. Its spiral form is mirrored by a similar spiral pattern at the second location
Artlantic also offers complimentary programs for the Atlantic City community that encourage participation and collaboration. The goal is to bring together residents, visitors to the city, and art lovers from everywhere to the art playground
sites in a spirit of exploration and play.
Artlantic is funded through the partnership of the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).
Wonder Location 1
Wonder Location 2
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With each project, new and exciting opportunities arise. I try to have contingency plans for unpleasant surprises, but I am always caught off guard by the positive ones. I never expected that by working in Atlantic City, I would find a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration. It seems as if the stars have aligned for Artlantic: wonder. Local artists and groups, business leaders, government officials, the school system, and the trade unions have all done their part to make this project succeed. I imagine that they, too, see the need to transform empty lots into beautiful, living public spaces though art and architecture. I foresee many activities taking place in the Artlantic spaces, but more importantly, I hope to see the emergence of a greater sense of community. Working in Atlantic City, we have met many wonderful people who see this collective action as a catalyst. There is almost a sense of euphoria when someone offers ideas or volunteers. I hope that Artlantic illustrates how great art goes beyond the gallery, museum, or auction house. It must begin in the heart and remain there to truly transform people through experience.
—Lance Fung November 2012
Artlantic Presenting Partners
Atlantic City Alliance
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College
Atlantic City High School
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Atlantic City Arts Commission
Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
South Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, CLC 711 UA
Local 322 Plumbers