The Buzz Up Above
What’s the buzz downtown these days? The Hyatt Regency Atlanta recently unveiled a new landmark for downtown Atlanta, one pioneered by talented Georgia State students. This landmark, an 18-foot rooftop mural, celebrates the hotel’s innovative Polaris Bee Garden.
The bee garden is a large rooftop space 25 stories above Peachtree Street. Visible from Polaris, the newly opened rotating restaurant and lounge, the mural represents the 60,000 honeybees in the rooftop garden. It is the result of a yearlong collaboration between the hotel and students in Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Jeff Boortz’s class.
“We strive to offer our students signature experiences,” Boortz said. “One of our first projects was to create this mural. Now, Atlanta has a great mural, and our students are more prepared to thrive in their chosen careers. The heartwarming story behind the rescued bees in their hives made this project a great fit.”
The bees depicted in the mural came to the hotel in 2013 through the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association after being rescued from a truck accident. The bees produced their first fresh honey in August and soon, “Blue Dome Honey” will be integrated into Polaris dishes and beverages as well as made available to guests in the gift shop.
Pam Barba (B.F.A. ’14) was grateful to be a part of what she considered the best project of her young, creative career.
“Creating this mural was a great experience,” she said. “As the producer in this group, I got the experience leading a creative team. It was a unique opportunity.”