Atlanta from the Ashes (The Phoenix)

Coordinates: 33°45′16.72″N 84°23′21.37″W / 33.7546444°N 84.3892694°W / 33.7546444; -84.3892694
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Atlanta from the Ashes (The Phoenix)
General information
LocationAtlanta, United States
Coordinates33°45′16.72″N 84°23′21.37″W / 33.7546444°N 84.3892694°W / 33.7546444; -84.3892694
Construction started1967
Design and construction
Architect(s)James Siegler

Atlanta from the Ashes, more commonly known as The Phoenix, is a bronze monument located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, symbolizing Atlanta's rise from the ashes of the Civil War to become a world city. The sculpture, dedicated in 1969, depicts a woman being lifted from flames by a phoenix, in reference to the phoenix of Greco-Roman mythology that was consumed by fire and rose from the ashes, just as Atlanta rose from the ashes after the city's infrastructure was burned by William T. Sherman's Union Army during the Civil War.[1][2] The female figure has long hair and is seen nude above the waist, looking upward. In her raised arms she holds the legs of a gilded phoenix. The sculpture is mounted on a rectangular base.[2] The monument is located in Woodruff Park, located in Downtown Atlanta.

The monument was a gift of the Rich Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Rich's Department store.[2] The sculpture was designed by James Siegler, of Houston, Texas, but it was both sculpted and fabricated in Italy, by Gamba Quirino, and Feruccia Vezzoni, respectively.[2] The monument was originally located on a viaduct adjacent to the first Rich's Department store on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Spring Street from 1969 to 1995.[2] In 1995, the sculpture was restored and moved to its current location in Woodruff Park.[2]

Since its creation, the sculpture has become an iconic symbol of Atlanta's rise from out of the ashes and destruction of the Civil War to become one of the most important international cities.[3][4]


  1. ^ CAP/ADID - Woodruff Park Archived September 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d e f Quirino, Gamba; Vezzoni, Feruccia; Seigler, James (March 6, 1969). "Atlanta from the Ashes". Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via Library Catalog.
  3. ^ "Public Art Around the World - Atlanta From The Ashes". Archived from the original on August 28, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Atlanta Public Arts Legacy Fund - Preserving public art in Atlanta and enduring the legacy of the 1996 Olympics". Archived from the original on September 4, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011.

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