labor day reflections
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So, the thing is, it was hot hot hot on Labor Day—sweat running down your back and mopping your face kind of hot. Therefore, I did not get to all of the gardens, including, well, everything on the second level (great for another day of exploring!). But, more so, I wondered later about how, if at all, the heat affected what texture I was drawn to. And I would say, to some extent, it did, as I was drawn to water features, and cool, reflective metal and pale stones and bricks. Another interesting way for me to think about why I see and feel what I do in a given location…
Anyway, the Cultural Gardens are awesome. The 25+ gardens, first springing up in the 1920s, represent different nationalities that have called Cleveland home. The gardens are located along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and East Blvd., spread over 254 acres spanning two miles. It’s fascinating to note the differences in the gardens, whether newer gardens, or under construction, or very simple gardens, or a formal garden, or a sculptural wonderland. And of course there’s folklore, which I love, and odes to national poets or inventors or musicians. Ultimately, it is fascinating what, out of an entire culture, is chosen to be highlighted in the nation’s garden and the sense of pride in one’s heritage does come across. Celebrating diversity, the Gardens’ theme is “peace through mutual understanding.”
Do you find you are mostly drawn to a garden based on your own ethnicity or history, or on visual appeal?
Cleveland Cultural Garden Texture