Reclaimed by Nature: the Quarries of Arabia Mountain

This photography exhibit, by Virginie Drujon-Kippelen, features historic and contemporary photos of a former granite quarry at what is now the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. These quarries were historically an important part of DeKalb County’s economy. Lithonia granite was used in paving and construction projects, including the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. In the 1970s the Davidson family donated over 500 acres of this land to DeKalb County for conservation and preservation. Since this land is no longer quarried, it is slowly being reclaimed by nature, although traces of its industrial past remain.

Virginie Drujon-Kippelen is a writer, photographer, and multimedia producer working in editorial, portrait, and commercial photography. Originally from France, she moved to the United States in 1991 and earned a Masters’ degree in print journalism from the University of Arizona. Drujon-Kippelen is currently based in Atlanta and has worked as a photo editor at CNN.com. Her editorial photos have been featured in the New York Times. Her personal body of work investigates the contemporary landscape and our perception of nature in the urban environment.

On View
Through December 2017
Monday-Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
at the DeKalb History Center/Old Courthouse on Decatur Square
101 East Court Square,
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Festival Hours
Saturday, May 27, 10 am-6 pm
Sunday, May 28, 12 pm-6 pm
Meet the artist on Sunday, 2-4 pm!

For more information, visit the DeKalb History Center website.