Druid Hill Park
20” x 16", Acrylic on canvas
Historic Druid Hill Park is one of the three oldest parks in the nation. The Arch, erected on Madison Avenue in 1868, served as the main entrance to the park. That is until Druid Hill Expressway (Druid Lake Park Drive) was built in the 1940’s despite opposition to it’s construction by the predominantly Black and Jewish surrounding communities. The result separated and made access difficult to the park from its surrounding neighborhoods. The painting of the arches by artist Jessy DeSantis inspired her and resident Courtney Bettle to seek to light the arches and bring awareness to Reservoir Hill and our park. Public artist Graham Coreil-Allen joined the team and the arches and conservatory were successfully illuminated in conjunction with a neighborhood parade and block party as part of Light City’s Neighborhood Lights.