Sunday, December 22, 2013

Topiary Park

I love the combination of art and nature at Topiary ParkKenneth and I visited this park in September after visiting the Columbus Museum of Art. The Topiary Park has a unique history and a really cool topiary display depicting Georges Seurat’s famous impressionist painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte.

Topiary Park was dedicated in 1992 and contains seven acres. It was originally known as the Old Deaf School Park and was created in the early 1800s. James T. Mason, a Columbus sculptor and Columbus College of Art & Design graduate, created the topiary sculpture in the park in the late 1980s. The topiaries are yew trees which have been grown and sculpted to resemble the middle-class Parisians relaxing on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.

The Friends of the Topiary Park have resources you can download from their website before visiting the park. Some of these included a self-guided tour (guided tours can be arranged), a tree walk map, history about the park and an educator's package. It's a lovely park and is located in the Discovery District near the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Topiary Park, Thurber House, Kelton House and many academic institutions. Check it out!