As Grant Park celebrates 135 years, Flux Projects will present a collection of projects by Atlanta artists that give voice to this historic green space September 27 through September 30, 2018. Four Atlanta artists have been selected to lead projects: Rachel K. Garceau, Rebecca M.K. Makus, Iman Person, and Lauri Stallings. Their projects will examine the health, history, and ecosystem of the park, while encouraging the public to explore its nooks and crannies, and revel in its sublime beauty. Projects are intended to enhance visitors’ experience of the park, which provides a source of inspiration and collaboration. As artist Rebecca Makus explained, “The park speaks with a really loud voice…and the way we [the artists] are hearing it overlaps.” This overlap creates a fabric across the park, an interconnectivity mirroring the natural environment in which they are situated. The work is simultaneously a microphone for and a pathway into the spirit of the park.
Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Installations by Rachel K. Garceau and Iman Person will be on view at sunrise and run until closing at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Performances and installations by Rebecca M.K. Makus and Lauri Stallings will begin during the day. There is a focus this day on the neighborhood, with the Grant Park Neighborhood Association hosting a happy hour that evening with tours of the projects.
Friday at 6 p.m.
Lauri Stallings and glo will have their first people Movement SHOP that morning from 10-11:30am. This is an introduction to moving your body in the language of glo. Think of these as a cross between yoga and movement, plenty of exercise and surprisingly accessible to people of all ages and capacities. This evening brings opportunities to meet and speak with the artists at their project sites.
The most feature-packed day of the event. Photographer and ecologist Kathryn Kolb of EcoAddendum will be leading a tour of the park and discussing the intersection of art and nature at 10 a.m. The Grant Park Parents Network is sponsoring a popsicle party for children from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Whitney Stansell, who with her husband Micah has created some of the most memorable Flux Projects to date (large-scale projections), will be leading children on tours of the projects at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. Lauri Stallings and glo will be back with a people Movement SHOP at 10 a.m. Rachel K. Garceau will have meditations through her labyrinth at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. (Additional times on each day.) Rebecca M.K. Makus and her collaborators will have the highest concentration of installations on view that day. FLUX VIP Lounge will be open from noon to 6 p.m. VIP Cocktail Party will take place at Ziba’s from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Grant Park Farmers Market is open weekly on Sundays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a great day for a picnic in the park and a leisurely exploration of the projects. Lauri Stallings will be giving a talk at 2:00 pm. Installations for Iman Person and Rachel K. Garceau continue. Rebecca M.K. Makus and her collaborators will perform a de-installation of their projects from 3:00–6:00 pm. As day moves into the golden hour, FLUX: Grant Park will come to a close.
Established in 1883, Grant Park is Atlanta’s oldest City Park, and has earned its nickname “The People’s Playground”. Today we go there for the pool, playground, basketball and tennis courts, Zoo Atlanta, Grant Park Recreation Center, Grant Park Farmers Market, and a variety of festivals, to run, walk our dogs, ride bikes, and enjoy the outdoors. Once neglected, Grant Park is being restored as a cherished greenspace through the tireless work of the Grant Park Conservancy.