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Dwelling is a temporary, site-specific art installation in Freedom Park at N. Highland Avenue and Carmel Avenue, on view to the public for the month of March during park hours. Visitors are encouraged to use their smart phones to visit www.dwellingfpc.org during their visit to enhance their experience.

There is no charge to experience Dwelling.

If you enjoy the project, you can make a donation by clicking here.

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Our Supporters

Dwelling would not be possible without:

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Alice Franklin and Dennis Hawk
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
Gensler

Dwelling Project Team:
Creative Directors: Nancy Boyd, Victoria Walsh
Artists: Mark Wentzel, Robert Henry
Writer: Michael Ross
Dwelling Graphic Artist: Anna Ladson, Gensler
Location Map Graphic Artist: Emma Ming Kayhart
Printer: Tower Press
City of Atlanta, Parks: Doug Voss, Daniel Calvert, Bretta Hunnicut, and crew

Special thanks to:
Emory University
Emory Center of Digital Scholarship (ECDS)
Wayne H. Morse Jr., Co-Director ECDS
Michael Page, Geographer, Geospatial Specialist
Randy Gue, Curator,  Modern Political and Historical Collections, Rose Library
Kim Collins, Art History/Classics Librarian and Research Engagement Services,
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Joanna Mundy, Digital Project Specialist
Anandi Knuppel, Senior Digital Scholarship Specialist
Melanie Kowalski, Copyright and Scholarly Communications Librarian,
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Edith Kelman
Kelsey Fritz
Pamela Henman
Phoenix Flies
Park Pride

 

If you are interested in supporting Freedom Park Conservancy, please click here.

About Dwelling

Dwelling was born from a seed of curiosity about the architectural remnants in Freedom Park. Abandoned stoops, foundations, and sidewalks invited us to reflect on the history of the park. These physical remains witnessed the condemnation of buildings, the seizure of property through eminent domain, and the demolition of over 600 structures to build the major freeways.

Using this palimpsest for orientation, Michael Page, a geospatial scientist with the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and artists Mark Wentzel and Robert Henry, reimagined a selection of the homes foundational footprints using low-VOC athletic field paint. Throughout the installation it will be documented by drone photography, capturing the changing image over time as grass grows and lines become worn.

A digital interface, by way of a web based app called Open Tour Builder developed by Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship, provides the framework for delivery of historic content through visitors’ mobile devices, uniquely expanding the user experience at each of the 5 stops within the installation. Dwelling will explore the personal stories within the context of a larger, complex narrative of civic activism, political maneuvering, and urban planning. By redrawing demolished buildings in situ, we are recognizing their historic and cultural significance in the formation of Freedom Park and the City of Atlanta.

Dwelling will offer fresh narratives that bridge the past, present, and future of Freedom Park and the City of Atlanta in a moment of new planning and development, intending to open dialogue among a diverse audience.

–Laura Hennighausen, Nancy Boyd, and Victoria Walsh

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Dwelling

An exploration of lost landscapes, a site specific art installation with a digital interface that adds to a layered understanding of Freedom Park.

Dwelling starts as a line drawing and leads us to an exploration of Atlanta’s lost landscapes. Abandoned stoops, broken sidewalks, historic markers, trails, and Freedom Park’s natural features unfold and invite you to dwell on the history of this place and engage with the site through your own imagination.

Dwelling is a temporary, site-specific art installation in Freedom Park at N. Highland Avenue and Carmel Avenue, on view to the public for the month of March during park hours. Visitors are encouraged to use their smart phones to visit www.dwellingfpc.org during their visit to enhance their experience.

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Seeking Stories – Can You Help?

Freedom Park Conservancy is collecting information about the people and homes that used to populate Freedom Park.

Right now we are particularly interested in  346-368 North Highland Avenue (also known as houses 520, 210, 514, 524 before 1928) in what was Copenhill.

If you have something to share about any of the homes that were demolished for I-485 or the Stone Mountain Tollway, please reach out to Laura@freedompark.org!

 

“One Woman Rising” permanent installation dedication

On Wednesday February 11, 2015 Eve Ensler, founder of One Billion Rising, representatives from the City of Atlanta, members of The Chelko Foundation, and representatives of the Freedom Park Conservancy convened in Freedom Park for the dedication of the permanent installation of “One Woman Rising “.

Learn more about the artwork here.

One Woman Rising Dedication Ceremony
One Woman Rising Dedication Ceremony

Open Invitation to the dedication of the Tree of Life & Kan, by Yvonne Domenge

Invitation - Tree of Life Dedication March 20, 2013 4pm
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All are invited to the dedication of the Tree of Life & Kan by Yvonne Domenge March 20, 2013 at 4pm in Freedom Park. The sculpture is at the intersection of North Ave and Oakdale Rd. Keynote speakers will include Mayor Kasim Reed, Councolmembers Kwanza Hall and Alex Wan, Director of Cultural Affairs Camille Russell Love and the artist Yvonne Domenge.  There will also be a performance by Blake Dalton/CORE dance of Corazon Abriendo – this performance is based in Mayan concepts as is Tree of Life and Kan sculpture.

The artist will also give an exclusive talk about the sculpture beginning at 6pm at the High Museum of Art – the talk is free and open to the public.

 

 

Tree of Life Unveiling March 20.2013, 4p

Tree of Life by Yvonne Domenge
Tree of Life by Yvonne Domenge

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the unveiling of Yvonne Domenge’s monumental scale artwork “The Tree of Life” at Atlanta’s Freedom Park.  The art unveiling ceremony will occur from 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday March 20th and participating dignitaries will include Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Mexican Consulate General.   The artist will receive the Phoenix award from the City of Atlanta at this ceremony.  After the unveiling ceremony, the Ms. Domenge will speak at the HIGH Museum of Art later that evening.

 

 

One Woman Rising sculpture unveiled on Thursday

Atlantans joined activists around the world in a global movement called, One Billion Rising on Thursday. The goal is to demand an end to violence against women and girls. A sculpture in support of the movement was unveiled in Freedom Park on Thursday, atop the hill east of Moreland Ave. The sculpture is a 12-foot tall, female figure intended to represent a woman rising in dance, which is the whole idea behind the one billion rising initiative.

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The Chelko Foundation came up with the concept and enlisted the help of sculptor Phil Proctor. He says a project like this would usually take 6 weeks, but they’ve been asked to do it in a little. The sculpture will be on display at Freedom Park until March 30.

See a video report of the making of the sculpture from FOX5 here.

One Woman Rising