Poster: Chicken Fever

Gainesville, Georgia, is known as the Poultry Capital of the World, a fact that no longer resonates with the millennial generation and new residents. Formal bronze chicken sculptures and statues placed in different areas downtown gave the namesake a serious tone, however, there was much laughter and lighthearted chatter about the self-proclaimed title throughout the public input phase of the downtown master planning process. Apparently, it is only legal to eat fried chicken — “a culinary delicacy sacred to this municipality”—with your bare hands. Any other method is illegal, and this law is even enforced from time to time.

The whimsical, and downright humorous attitude that Gainesvillians share about chicken already exists in conversations and memorable stories we heard throughout the community. However, this character was lacking from the visible downtown. This poster will show public art ideas from the 2015 Downtown Gainesville Master Plan, including chicken-themed concepts that are fun, whimsical, and context-sensitive. The chicken theme is meant to be engaging for all ages, create a sense of pride, strengthen the downtown brand, and create an overall stronger sense of place that captures the true personality of this Georgia city.

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