A few weeks ago, however, a small crew arrived at the park and began cleaning up, removing debris, sweeping up leaves, giving a resident frog a new home at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, hosing down, scrubbing, and repainting the walls a sparkling white. Though there's still not a drop of water in it, the pool will become the setting for lots of new noise and activity this weekend. After being given a thorough scrub and tickle by gloATL, Maddox Pool is finally ready for its close-up once again.
The clean-up occurred in preparation for two free performances taking place Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, at 8 p.m. when dance company gloATL will present the second iteration of its work "the search for the exceptional," a collaboration with Atlanta-based filmmaker Micah Stansell. The first work occurred at the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark in May 2012, and the setting for this second "search" will be the newly-cleaned up pool at Maddox Park, 1142 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW, one of the “emerald jewels” which lies right in the path of the Atlanta Beltline.
"the search" may prove a thoroughly apt title for the new work. Organizers warn that the site can be a challenging one to find, especially for those who arrive by car (When you hear the advisory "It's hard to get to" coming from gloATL, you know they're not fooling).
With limited parking and some road construction in the area, organizers highly advise taking MARTA, which provides much simpler access to the performance site. The park and pool lie directly across the street from the Bankhead MARTA train station on the Green Line, and volunteers are slated to help guide MARTA riders along the short walk from the station to the site. Check the gloATL-created Google map for more details. The performance is free and open to the public.
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