Trees Atlanta Installs Educational Art Sculptures on the Atlanta BeltLine

Photograph by John Becker
Photograph by John Becker

Trees Atlanta and David Landis Spotlight the Native Oaks of Georgia

ATLANTA, GA, May 28, 2015 – Trees Atlanta, the nationally recognized non-profit citizens’ group, has commissioned nationally-acclaimed sculptor David Landis to create a large-scale, permanent educational art installation on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail Arboretum.

The landscape installation, titled 33 Oaks, consists of oversized oak leaves representing the 33 oaks native to Georgia. Each leaf, constructed of polished stainless steel, is between 3 and 8 feet in size. The installation serves as an educational tool enticing viewers into the landscape experience; blending public art, landscape design, and education. Plantings of each species of oak are in proximity of the coinciding leaf sculpture.

Within the upcoming days, the public will be able to view 17 of the stunning sculptures in place adjacent to the Angier Springs trailhead on the Eastside Trail Arboretum. The leaf sculptures will each gesture differently, reflect light, and appear to “dance” in the landscape. The project is set to be completed, with all 33 leaves installed, by this fall.

Prior to this project, Mr. Landis partnered with Trees Atlanta in 2013 to create the Permanente Tree at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center. The sculpture’s leaves reflect the faces and actions of those who have made and will make the mission of Trees Atlanta a reality for all Atlantans to enjoy.

Other local permanent installations by David Landis include the Northern White sculpture on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, inspired by the Northern White Rhino as well as Cycles at Rose Circle Park on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. Outside of Georgia, installations include Currents located at US Bancorp Center in Minneapolis and The Dance located at The Ritz-Carlton in Shenzhen, China.

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Photograph by John Becker Photograph by John Becker