There are probably a handful of buildings in the greater Atlanta area that captured my imagination like the King and Queen towers, pictured here. Those are actually the unofficial names of Concourse 1 & 2 in Sandy Springs near the intersection of GA 400 and I-285, the perimeter roadway that rings Atlanta. In fact, I suspect the bulk of people in the Atlanta area only know them as the King and Queen buildings – a moniker owed to the distinctive spires of the two buildings. Don’t they look like massive chess pieces?
The King and Queen Towers are actually part of the suburban landscape, not part of the city center, which might surprise some not familiar with Atlanta. The last I knew, these were still the tallest suburban high rise buildings in the USA.
When I began work on a series of images featuring local landmarks, these skyscrapers were on my list. I had passed them almost daily for years. I quickly learned that it was not easy to get the same perspective of them from the suburban streets around them as from the middle of the expressway. And I was hardly going to pull over on the interstate! After much trial, I finally found a great vantage point, and the perfect evening. Don’t those amazing skies behind the King and Queen Towers add an incredible sense of drama?
Without a good deal of footwork, I never would have gotten this great art print in the first place, but it’s funny how in the end, it can still boil down to a little good fortune. I had the great synchronicity to be in the area for a doctor’s appointment one afternoon and seeing the skies looked promising, I stayed longer to see what might come my way. This beautiful view of the King And Queen Towers was my reward.
It’s long been one of the more popular prints in my Atlanta series.