Topiary Park

Topiary Park 480 E Town St

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Sitting on what was once the site of the Ohio School for the Deaf is the only known topiary representation of a painting. Check out the park and the painting that inspired it below.

The fifty-four hand cut figures and eight boats realistically portray George Seurat’s famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte.

The famous painting was credit with creating neo-impressionism, and sits on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. It sits atop the list of most recognized artworks, just below the Mona Lisa, Starry Night, and the Last Supper.

So when the School for the Deaf laid it in topiary form, it was doing more than recognizing a great piece of art - it was allowing its students to interact with the art on a whole different plane.

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Meandering through the lifelike topiaries is as if one is living in the work of art itself - standing on the banks of the River Seine in Paris in 1884.

Take in the park from the eastern-most hill for the best view.

While artist Seurat composed his original painting with cobalt blue, emerald green, and vermillion, his art is not muted by the flush white of winter. Instead, it grows even more deeply fascinating, as the colors disappear and cold figures remain.

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Need replenishment after strolling through the park? Head a half mile west to 4th street where a smorgasbord of hip dining options awaits, including Dirty Frank’s, Little Palace and El Camino.

Cover photo credit ilike2smile via Instagram.

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