The Doll's Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park



Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

In 2003, DeKalb County bought the property once occupied by the South River Brick Company, which had been shut down more than 50 years ago.  Construction began, designing paved trails and boardwalks around the ponds, creating a 125-acre preserve known as Constitution Lakes Park.  Located only a few miles from downtown Atlanta, the preserve has attracted fauna not typically seen in such an urban environment.

The lakes feature countless turtles, crappie and catfish, along with large mouth, small mouth, spotted and striped bass. Bird watchers will see belted kingfishers, woodpeckers, ducks, blue herons, geese and hawks.  It’s a biological smorgasbord with towering sentinel trees surrounded by trucking outfits, pallet sellers, rough neighborhoods and even a transitional center.

The Doll’s Head Trail is the work of local carpenter and artist, Joel Slaton, who envisioned an art project created from discarded doll parts and other trash that was scattered around the site. He channeled his inner Thornton Dial and Rev. Howard Finster and created a neo-folk art haven.  The pieces are dominated by doll heads, but also include bottle creations, collages, decorated chinks of old bricks and beheaded doll parts.

The key to the collection is the idea that everything must be “found” — and that means found inside the Park itself. It’s repurposing at its finest — it cleans up the nature preserve while creating art. The trailhead sign says, “litter makes the angels cry,” so bringing things in with you to leave on the trail is discouraged.

Below are highlights:


Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Joel Slaton leading a tour of  Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Art by Joel Slaton on Doll's Head Trail.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.

Constitution Lakes Park.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét.




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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.