Waterlust highlights the lost natural waterways of Grant Park through site-responsive sculpture and sound. Five major springs once situated in historic Grant Park have since disappeared with the multiple expansions of Zoo Atlanta in the 1960s and through other construction. One source, Salaam Spring, is still in existence and now is home to the park’s pond.
Waterlust explores the larger questions of the importance of preserving local water, the consequences of urban planning within and around natural bodies of water, and the future of water in contemporary life.
Iridescent banners will follow the veins of forgotten streams, while three monolithic totems will channel sounds of field recordings, history, and water conjure.
About the Artist
Iman Person’s work engages with the dichotomies of identity and metaphysical consciousness carried out through the ethereal lens of nature. Person embeds qualities of the feminine, memory, and ritual through drawing, installation, and performance art in order to mend the logical and mystical bodies. By inciting exploration of these forgotten spaces, and by creating new narratives around the unseen potential of the physical form, Person believes a resurrection of the contemporary divine-body can be made and in turn positively affect the landscape and concepts of nature. In 2010 Person received her B.F.A. from Georgia State University. Her work and performance have been exhibited throughout the United States, including at The Southeaster Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, Alcott Gallery at The University of North Carolina, and The Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, and internationally at the Ionion Center for Art in Kefalonia, Greece and MoMA Art House in Berlin, Germany. She is a member of the Atlanta-based collective Dashboard Co-Op, and was a 2011 Hambidge fellow and a 2013-2014 Walthall fellow.