Peachtree Creek: A Natural & Unnatural History of Atlanta’s Watershed

Peachtree Creek: A Natural & Unnatural History of Atlanta’s Watershed 2019-08-05T10:40:24-05:00

February 5 – August 4, 2019

Trustee Room, Turner Lynch Campus Center, Oglethorpe University

NOTE: The Turner Lynch Campus Center is open 24/7, however access to the exhibition in the Trustee Room may be limited due to scheduled meetings.

Most Atlantans only glimpse Peachtree Creek briefly from Piedmont or Peachtree Roads as they pass over it on their daily commute, if at all. However, with the advent of vigorous community organizing and outreach, several advocacy groups have brought new awareness to Peachtree Creek and are committed to educating the public and preserving the creek. One such group, Peachtree Creek Greenway, is partnering with Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and photographer/historian/traveler David Kaufman to present this exhibition.

In 1990, David Kaufman decided to explore Peachtree Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Chattahoochee River. For 13 years he paddled the creek, photographed it, and researched its history as the Atlanta area’s major watershed. In 2004/5 Kaufman’s photographs of the creek were on view at the Fernbank Museum of Natural history and in 2007, UGA Press published Kaufman’s photographs and text in Peachtree Creek. The book, a compelling mix of urban travelogue, local history, is also a call for conservation of a natural resource moving through an ever-growing urban landscape.

This exhibition features more than 15 original photographs by Kaufman as well as text regarding the history, a timeline, and conservation issues. Also included are renderings by Carlos Perez of Perez Planning and Design LLC for the Peachtree Creek Greenway, Inc. of the “model miles” they are currently creating along the creek’s north fork.

David Kaufman will present a lecture on May 1, 2019. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Presented in partnership with Peachtree Creek Greenway and the City of Brookhaven, with additional support from the Brookhaven Convention and Visitors Bureau.