The beauty of art is that it's in the eye of the beholder. What one person thinks is ugly or creepy is incredible and beautiful. Something that is trash to one person, is a treasure to another person.

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The world around us is full of art. Everywhere you look you can see different colors, shapes, and angles. if you look closely enough, beauty can be found in anything. Think about it, we literally, if we look at things differently, we will see beauty in everything.

Art isn't always what we expect it to be. We are often caught off guard at museums when something is viewed as art that we don't consider to be art. It touches people in different ways, at different times in their life.

True artists use many different sorts of mediums to produce their pieces or concepts. One carpenter near Atlanta, Georgia, had an idea for a piece of art that encompassed an entire trail in the woods.

Many find it creepy and even a bit like littering, but for some people like me and my photographer friend, Justin, Doll's Head Trail is eerily beautiful.

What is Dog's Head Trail?

It's very unique and a little strange, but an amazing backstory.

The Doll's Head Trail was the work of a local carpenter named Joel Slaton, who envisioned an art project created from discarded doll parts and other trash that was scattered around the site. He encouraged visitors to contribute their own found art, and it's been collected there ever since.

- Rails to Trails

How long is Doll's Head Trail?

According to Rails to Trails,

It began as kind of a dark joke, all told, but the Doll's Head Trail—a name that doesn't quite sum up the 2.5-mile whimsical (and sometimes creepy) trail-turned-art exhibit tucked away in DeKalb, County's Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta, Georgia—has evolved into a regional and national attraction since its inception...

Take a look at Doll's Head Trail

My interpretation of this concept art is a look at the ugly of trash and decay that reveals the lonely vulnerability of age and the beauty and wisdom that comes with it.

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I love the totally different pieces with different uses coming together in at the end of their use.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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The people have placed their own version of this concept art on the trail.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Nature consumes art.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Each piece has its own story.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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On the surface, it's a toy graveyard.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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The old toys have messages.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Barbie doll head and baby doll are growing into and becoming one with the tree. It's almost apocalyptic.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Messages on the trail are everywhere along the hike.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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It's not necessarily just doll's heads and toys, it's also trinkets and other pieces of life.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Also, dolls without heads.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Nature and manmade converge on this trail.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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I would love to walk on this trail.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Wow, someone put one of the best rock lyrics ever on the trail.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Funny art settings have been assembled on the trail, too.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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Each grouping is unique and speaks from an artist's soul.

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Justin Collins/Peril Photography
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The real reason that Dog's Head Trail exists

Thank you so much to my friend Justin Collins of Peril Photography. I'm honored to be able to show off his amazing photographs.

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