Metro Atlantans making a special effort to experience a soaring exhibition of sculpture around the city of Brookhaven can be entered to win a trip to Mexico to visit the renowned artist behind the installations. 

The first-place winner of a social-media campaign highlighting on artist Jorge Marín’s “Wings of the City” bronzes will garner a two-night, three-day stay at the Galeria Plaza Hotel in Mexico City, with flights for two included courtesy of Delta Air Lines. 

The hotel will be covered courtesy of Viva Tequila Festival, a tequila tasting experience on the Atlanta Beltline that happens in the fall. 

Along with a lithograph of his work, the winner’s itinerary will include a visit to Mr. Marin’s studio in Mexico City — transportation included — as well as a private city tour. Second and third place winners will take home Marín lithographs along with $100 and $75 gift cards to local taquerias Pure Taqueria and Verde, respectively. 

To enter, contestants must post a picture with one of the nine sculptures around the city, follow various accounts of the sponsors and add a few required hashtags. (See full rules below in both English and Spanish) 

The core requirements are a picture with of any of the sculptures, a caption describing feelings or thoughts that viewing the piece inspired and entering hashtag#WingsoftheCityBrookhaven and/or #AlasdelaciudadBrookhaven. Accounts that must be followed and tagged in the post (to your permanent feed, not just to your ephemeral story) are: @jorgemarinmx, @fundacionjorgemarin, @consulmex_atlanta, @explorebrookhaven and @vivatequilafestival. 

Having this array of partners included on the project has “allowed us to carry out a photography contest that exalts the diversity, plurality, and brotherhood of our communities,” said Javier Díaz de León, consul general of Mexico in Atlanta, in a statement.

Originally conceived as way to spur dialogue between the U.S. and Mexico, Marín’s monumental bronzes have traveled to multiple cities around the United States, continuing to inspire conversation through winged human figures engaged in various actions, many of them masked and balancing on spheres. The works blend classical forms with fantastic elements. 

The photo contest was inaugurated Jan. 31 at Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe University, which also hosts the sculpture “El Tiempo Monumental” on campus. Student artist Sophia Sobrino, who has exhibited her work at the Mexican consulate, emceed the event.

The Consulate General of Mexico is located just outside the city limits of Brookhaven, but frequently collaborates with the city, which is home to a large Latino community including many Mexican nationals and families of Mexican ancestry. Brookhaven is reportedly weighing the idea of buying one of the pieces.

“Wings of Mexico,” meant to inspire lofty ideals of freedom, includes steps leading up to a mounted pair of wings, giving viewers the chance to participate in the art. It’s located on the grounds of the consulate at 1700 Chantilly Drive. 

See a full map and find your nearest sculpture here

Winners will be ranked based on the numbers of likes their photos receive on Instagram and will be notified within five days after the photo contest concludes on March 31. When the sculptures depart, they will have been in Atlanta for one year. 

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As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...