Online Art Exhibition Explores Atlanta's Beltline

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Georgia Tech College of Architecture's artist in residence Ruth Dusseault today launched Photos of the Beltline.org (www.photosofthebeltline.org), an ongoing Web-based public exhibition designed to describe the fragmented, 22-mile corridor that will become Atlanta's Beltline. Dusseult invites all college-level photography instructors and students in Atlanta to participate in Photos of the Beltline.org by reserving a pre-set section of the Beltline to photograph for a class assignment.

Vulcan Quarry is located in section five on the Photos of the Beltline exhibition map. Because of its proximity to the Beltline, this 100-year-old quarry is going to be transformed into a public park around a body of water.

The expansive Beltline is a linear path encircling the city center rather than one large space, making it difficult for most people to "see" it, or to imagine the possibilities for development. 

"The Beltline could potentially become a new type of development that reflects the identity and typography of Atlanta and the Southeast," says Dusseault. "By photographing the Beltline, it is possible to reveal hidden aesthetic, historic, environmental and social values that reside there."

The Web site, designed by Brian Hardy and hosted by Tech's College of Architecture, allows visitors to simultaneously view high resolution photographs of a particular territory with the corresponding location on an interactive map and descriptive text from the photographer.

Instructors can reserve a section for free on the Web site. Upon reservation, instructors will receive a password to be shared with participating students. Reservations expire at the end of each semester.

Photos of the Beltline will be featured in Urban Intervention: The Beltline at Georgia State University's Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery January 10 - March 6, 2008. In association with the continuum re\constructing Atlanta, local artists and architects will explore Atlanta's evolving Beltline transportation initiative through city-specific video; Web site; photography and sound installations; a graphic novel; and a native garden in Hurt Park.