The Eastside Trail has a new art installation that pays homage to Trees Atlanta and its Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum program. The installation, “33 Oaks,” is a collection of stainless steel leaf sculptures representing 33 species of oaks native to Georgia. These art pieces are not only nice to look at; they also serve as an educational tool for the public’s understanding of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.
The sculptures were created by artist David Landis. You may already be familiar with his work: Landis created the rhino, “Northern White,” at the Freedom Park spur trail and the sculpture “Cycles” at Rose Circle Park. This particular installation was commissioned by our friends at Trees Atlanta and will be a part of the continuing exhibition on the Atlanta BeltLine.
The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum will be a large-scale reforestation of the 22-mile corridor, with a focus on education. To date, Trees Atlanta has completed work on ten acres of native plantings along the Eastside Trail and will continue with corridor reforestation when the Westside Trail has been constructed. Different strategies for reforestation will be applied depending on the conditions and surroundings of the corridor, and distinct plant palettes will create coherent experiences for each segment.
If you are interested in learning more about the Atlanta BeltLine and the Arboretum, sign up for a guided walking tour with Trees Atlanta! The knowledgeable docents will share information about the Eastside Trail’s native grasses and trees and the environmental and educational efforts of our partners at Trees Atlanta.
Trees Atlanta has more about this installation on their website.