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Part Three: Central Park as An Outdoor Museum

Public space is often considered as a desirable receptacle for memorial monuments and artistic sculptures created for outdoor display. While being a work of art in its own right, Central Park can also be considered as an outdoor museum with four additional wings – Frederick Douglas Circle at 110th Street and Central Park West; Duke Ellington Circle at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue; The Maine Monument plaza at Columbus Circle; and Grand Army plaza at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. READ MORE >


Part Two: Central Park as An Outdoor Museum

Historical reverence begets memorials of persons of patriotic and moral leadership, political righteousness, valor in military battle, and figures of religious influence and scientific genius. Before and after the Civil War drastically altered the social, economic, and cultural conditions of the nation, American artists, many of whom were trained in Italy, adopted individual styles in which naturalism played a role not only in sculptural portraiture but also with regard to animals, creating an entire genre of beguiling beasts in bronze. READ MORE >


Part One: Central Park as An Outdoor Museum

To be in Central Park is to enjoy one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful outdoor recreational arenas, savor the changing scenery of the four seasons of the year, observe varieties of wildlife and annual events of bird migration and botanical blooming, and take routine walks with your pet dog and stroll randomly with family members and friends. Over the years, as in the case of other regular Central Park goers you will have numerous non-living acquaintances like the ones you pass when walking down the great hallway lined with bronze sculptures by Rodin on the second floor of the Metropolitan Museum. To put things on a pedagogical level, I have begun to write about the bronze animals and monuments of deceased persons of fame to be discovered if you follow me along Literary Walk on the Mall and elsewhere within Central Park. Please allow me here to be your docent as we examine the evidence that makes Central Park an urban outdoor museum. READ MORE >


Designing the Central Park Luminaire: Nature as Ornament

The creation of independent works of art within the context of a great work of land art, whether as integral architectural design embellishments or independent selected art works on temporary display is a recurring theme in my recent journal postings. The current entry is an examination of how a permanent, outdoor, all-weather electrical installation can be considered a work of art whose design is thematically governed by beauty in the geometries of form and line exemplified by nature. READ MORE >


“The Gates” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 2005

The term “art in the park” has many connotations and, depending upon your definition, it can take a number of different forms. Following the thematic thread of my last four journal posts, which embrace the notion of Central Park as a naturalistic and architecturally embellished landscape that is a great work art in and of itself, is the story of the park conceived as being a ready-made outdoor art gallery with a congenial circulation system. To walk through it, enter here with me and read about the artist Christo’s consideration of the current surface of Central Park as a gallery floor upon which to erect an all-encompassing extraneous work of land art. READ MORE >


Jacob Wrey Mould: Central Park’s Third Designer

Although Central Park’s beauty is innate to its site, it is fundamentally a work of nature and art fused into a single imaginative design. Contributing to this outcome was an often-overlooked collaborator with Olmsted and Vaux, the architect, Jacob Wrey Mould, as can be seen by my journalistic tour of some of his most beautiful design contributions to Central Park, including Bethesda Terrace. READ MORE >


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JOURNAL ARCHIVE

DIARY

Venice Revisited

Wainscott: Cherishing Memories of my Former Home in a Non-Hampton Hamlet in the Hamptons

Hill Country Journal

Budding Poets in the Park

Central Park Conservancy 40th Anniversary

Nine-Eleven Remembered

ESSAY

An Analysis of the Sonnet as a Form of Poetic Expression

OBSERVATIONS

Part Three: Central Park as An Outdoor Museum

Part Two: Central Park as An Outdoor Museum

Part One: Central Park as An Outdoor Museum

Designing the Central Park Luminaire: Nature as Ornament

“The Gates” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 2005

Jacob Wrey Mould: Central Park’s Third Designer

America’s Greatest Example of Land Art

Summit Rock, the Tallest Point in Central Park as a Palimpsest of Multi-generational History

Discovering Central Park’s Above-ground Bedrock Foundations

POETRY

The Life and Times of Garth Fergusson, Poet

NEWS

Writing the City

REVIEWS

Lee County: The Setting of Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead and Land of my Pioneer Ancestors

The Wind in the Willows