Artist Statement

Both a tribute to teachers and a memorial for the artist’s friend, Stephanie Gwinn, The Forest is an interactive sculpture of three trees created partially from books and book pages, where BeltLine visitors can sit, relax and take a break in the shade.


Artist Bio

Craig Appel

Craig has been a carpenter and cabinetmaker since 1997 and has done it all, from creating custom made furniture to carrying out major home renovations. Craig assisted on Art on the Beltline kaleidoscope project 2010 and helped to make the rotating bird tornado for Art on the Beltline 2014 and the Butterfly Swarm in 2015. Craig owns and operates  a wood shop at his home in SW Atlanta.

Dorothy O’Connor:

Dorothy O’Connor graduated with degrees in Literature and Studio Arts. Her photographs and installations feature thoughtfully composed and hand-crafted scenes which combine elements of still-life, portraiture,  landscape and performance to produce unique and evocative works of art. She has received grants from Possible Futures, FLUX and the Forward Arts Foundation to present her installations as public art. The lasting element of her installations, her photographs, have been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. In 2013, she was artist in residence at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville where she built and presented her installation, “Shelter.” She has designed, and collaborated to build, two interactive sculptural public art pieces for Art on the Beltline 2014 & 2015.  Ms. O’Connor’s work is part of the permanent collections at MOCA GA,  Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography and is included in many private collections.