Atlanta’s Arch and W&L

Rodney Mims Cook Jr. (from The National Monuments Foundation Web site)

Rodney Mims Cook Jr. (from The National Monuments Foundation Web site)

Careful readers of Wednesday’s New York Times, especially those from the late 1970s, will likely have recognized a familiar figure standing in front of the Millennium Arch in downtown Atlanta.  The Times’ story, “An Elaborate Arch, an Opaque Significance,” is the latest story about the work of Rodney Mims Cook Jr., W&L Class of 1978. The 82-foot-high stucco and limestone version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris opened last July 4 and is in the middle of a shopping, business and residential community near downtown. The story in the Times quotes Rodney as saying that “no one has built anything like this since the Jefferson Memorial.” Before the arch was finished, Forbes magazine christened it “Arc of Dixie” in the article’s headline. So next time you’re in Atlanta, be sure to check it out.



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