Saturday, February 1, 2014

Atlanta's 2014 Snow Jam Gridlock

If you've listened to the news this week you've probably heard all about Atlanta's epic traffic jam. Caused by a couple of inches of snow and ice, millions of workers fleeing their places of business simultaneously, and the fact that every school released their student bodies within the span of an hour or so, our roads became scenes of unprecedented chaos. Thousands of vehicles ended up trapped on Atlanta's interstates and surface streets, completely immobilized in a bumper-to-bumper, 24 hour long sub-freezing nightmare. The resulting gridlock was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. "Snowjam 2014" will likely go down in history as one of the worst traffic snarls in the history of the U.S.

To mark this record setting event, I thought it might be an appropriate time to post a photo of a collage I did a few years ago. It's actually titled "Gridlock." Specifically it was the teeth-clenching nature of the metro area residents' daily commute that I wanted to convey with this piece. As anyone who lives here knows, at peak traffic times it often takes an hour or more to travel just 10 miles. And that's without any fender benders or other problems (like ice) to contend with. The aerial views of this week's traffic debacle reminded me so much of Gridlock I just couldn't resist sharing it with you.

"Gridlock," mixed media collage on paper mounted on mat board, 10 1/4x13 3/4"
Text and image ©2014 Lynn Edwards

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