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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Trees Atlanta names first artist for Beltline's 'museum of trees'

click to enlarge Beltline Arboretum
  • Beltline Arboretum

Trees Atlanta has selected local artist Daniel Landis to create the first piece of public art for a planned arboretum, or tree museum, along the Beltline.

Once completed, the arboretum will circle the entire 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit, and be one of the largest tree museums in the United States.

Landis was selected from a field of 20 applicants. His sculpture, which will be inspired by residents' memories of trees and the historic West End community, will represent the first of 14 tree and plant collections along the smart-growth project.

Trees Atlanta says the sculpture will be designed to be a "landscape in motion" and will be installed in the West End's Rose Circle Park early next year. The work is made possible by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Landis, who created the Butterfly Pavilion at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, has also shown work in Minneapolis, Albany, Ga., Toulose, France and throughout the metro region. A graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, he's also taught at the latter and Dunwoody's Spruill Center for the Arts.

Beltline and community officials will celebrate Landis' selection on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Hammond House. The event is free and open to the public.

(Screenshot courtesy of Trees Atlanta)

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