The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta

Tucked away near the freight rail lines of northwest Atlanta, the Goat Farm Arts Center is an incredible spot filled with nature, decaying factory buildings, animals and — most importantly — art.

You can read about the history of the site here. In a nutshell: a cotton-gin factory was built here in the 1880s and it remained active into the early 20th century; during World War II, the site was used to manufacture ammunition and mortars.  

A Creative Loafing article from 2010 tells the story of the site’s conversion to an arts space by Robert Haywood, who purchased it in the 1970s and who was: “a drawling, likeable character who fiercely guarded his property — and, by extension, the privacy of the up-and-coming sculptors, musicians, painters and photographers who flocked to its studio spaces.”

I visited this week to see a very cool monthly show called Natural Selection that features comedy, theater, poetry readings, music and more from a variety of Atlanta artists. Don’t let the decayed exteriors of the buildings fool you; the interior performance area was decked out with lights, sound, stage — all the necessities.

While I was there I took a few snaps of the property, including an amazing art piece composed of file cabinets, and the view of Downtown and the freight rail tracks leading to it. 

EDIT: I received an email letting me know that the wonderful filing cabinet piece is the work of artist David Baerwalde.