Once a “promised land” with opportunity and territory to be claimed, modern-day Atlanta is, in large part, populated with empty spaces caught between a history of white-flight and the promise of gentrification.
This public sculpture is comprised of 1198 pieces of transparent acrylic; each cut to the shape of a present-day empty city lots located within the 1864 boundaries of Atlanta established after Sherman’s Burning. While devastating, the Burning of Atlanta forced a reconsideration of urban space.
Following the more recent history of suburban sprawl, urban blight, and economic conflagration, we can once again reinvest and reformat the city.
Functioning as a take-away sculpture, NEW EDEN is only successful when respondents reach into the case and adopt an abandoned city site. Each site-piece is tagged and numbered with a lot ID number. Lot locations may be found with corresponding maps.
This proprietorship, however figurative, frames city space for transformed consideration and allows the renewed investment.
PROJECT FUNDED BY MINT GALLERY AND WAS INSTALLED IN SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN ATLANTA DURING THE SUMMER OF 2014.