Woodlands celebrating Wilderness Act
The Woodlands Garden has announced that it will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 2 pm to 5 pm.
The event will feature a “musical and artistic” celebration and is free to the public.
Woodlands is a dedicated 7.1 acre green space for the city. Recently the city agreed to spend $695,000 to purchase adjacent property at 915 Clairemont Avenue with the intention of selling it to Woodlands Garden as green space.
According to Woodlands, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law on Sept. 3, 1964, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System. That set aside 9.1 million acres of lands for public use. There are 14 of these areas in Georgia, located across the state.
“Woodlands is one of only five Atlanta venues hosting the Wilderness Act Performance Series,” a press release from Woodlands Garden says. “This past summer two local composers, a poet and a visual artist drew inspiration from the Woodlands setting to create art addressing these questions: ‘How has the perception of wilderness changed with the growing disconnection from nature?’ and ‘How do we appreciate and connect to Earth in our current urban technological society?'”
Their works will premiere during the Sept. 21 celebration. The Chamber Cartel will perform original compositions by Eric Fontaine’s and Stewart Engart. There will be a reading by poet-in-residence Stephen Wing. There will also be an unveiling of visual artist Edie Morton’s Floating Gardens. The Floating Gardens will be at the Woodlands for a month, the press release says.
“All the artists will be present to discuss their work, as well as Stephen Wood, the composer and naturalist who brought this project to life across the city,” the press release says.