Old Deaf School Topiary Park
480 East Town Street, Columbus, OH, USA
www.topiarygarden.org - (614) 645-0197
Old Deaf School Topiary Park Columbus Reviews
Living Art Aug 10, 2010
At the heart of the Topiary Park is a living sculptural interpretation of Georges Seurat’s Post-Impressionist Painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte. It is the only known topiary representation of a painting. The topiary garden comprises 54 human figures, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey and a cat—each made of yew and the tallest standing at 12 feet. Guests can see “the painting” from the artist’s point of view by standing on the eastern-most hill to the left of the bronze plaque.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte, which is part of the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, is oil on canvas, approximately 7’ x 10’ and features middle-class Parisians enjoying a leisurely afternoon.
Visitors come to see the mature shrubs and enjoy the garden’s living work of art. While the topiary is the more famous aspect of the park, the site is beautifully landscaped with walks that take you by carefully tended flowerbeds and more than 220 trees—a tree-walk guide can be downloaded and used to identify 25 diverse types of trees. Though the historical designation of Old Deaf School Park remains, the popularity of the topiaries has led the park to commonly be called the Topiary Park.
We never did find the cat!
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