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Curious GEORGIA
By Kathleen Walls
Follow the Bushy Tail Art Trail
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quirrels seldom go nutty over art, but in Henry County
the little rodents are dining on artworks. No, they're not
eating the art. The Bushy Tail Art Trail is a series of small
artworks designed as feeding tables for squirrels.
Greg Horton, who owned BarnBeautiful in Stockbridge
until his death on March 6, was a major mover behind the
project. BarnBeautiful turned wood from old barns into art.
Each barn torn down was recorded, and each piece was
numbered so the wood's history was preserved. Horton became
the first chairman of the Henry County Arts Consortium in 2019.
Horton built, coordinated and installed almost all of the 31
cedarwood tables on the Bushy Tail Art Trail.
" We got started at the beginning of the pandemic, " he said.
" It was a way for people to get out in public safely on the trails
and [in the] parks and give them something to do. "
Horton's table at Panola Mountain State Park in
Stockbridge shows a gnarled oak tree with a squirrel centered
in the leaves. Many table themes fit their locations. In Heritage
Park in McDonough, near the U.S. Veterans Wall of Honor, the
miniature table's backdrop depicts the iconic photo of Marines
raising the American flag on Iwo Jima, Japan, in 1945.
Steph Calvert of McDonough chose a beach concept for her
picnic table.
" The vertical 'backdrop' piece Greg Horton built into one
end of each of these squirrel tables was super inspiring. Where
could I transport a tiny friend as he sat and ate a snack? " she
A squirrel munches on a snack atop one of the tables created by Greg
Horton. This one is at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge.
Vincent Van Gogh's paintings inspired Henry
County native Dottie Eskew for her table at
the Holiday Inn & Suites in Stockbridge.
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Brynna Bantley's picnic table for squirrels
mimics a human family's setup. It is at Rum
Creek Golf in Stockbridge.
Vele Keyta Redding's " Nutbush Café " in
Stockbridge is named for singer Tina Turner's
hometown of Nutbush, Tenn.
COURTESY BARNBEAUTIFUL
COURTESY BARNBEAUTIFUL
MICHIE TURPIN / HENRY COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
KATHLEEN WALLS

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