Many Atlantans who live in the north DeKalb area know about it, but few have ventured off busy four-lane North Druid Hills Road (3162 N. Druid Hills Road, to be precise) to check out the best and brightest -- and only -- sculpture garden open to the public for many stop-and-go and soul-less miles around.
It's that "yard with the metal sculptures" to thousands of daily commuters and school children on yellow buses.
But spend a minute with artist Clark Ashton and you'll learn a thing or three. It's "The Commuter Gallery," begun almost 30 years ago. It's "The Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom," which includes "Faith in Industry," the "Control Tower," the "Sky Saw," the "Sky Stitcher," "The Infrastructure of an Uncertain Future," the "Bateman 5000," all situated on "Druid Hill" (a place name he hopes to make official soon with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names).
In his own words (something he is very good at in terms of describing his creative expression) he is "an artist with a keen sense of craft, a philosopher with a vision driven by self-actualization, free expression and independent thought, and a citizen with a responsibility to document our time as honestly as I am able.”
With the help of photographer/filmmaker Joe Boris, we've started talking to Clark and learning more about his work for an upcoming documentary.
In the meantime, you can find out more about Clark here: