Just around the corner from 588-590 E. Rich St. resides one amazing artistic “walk in the park”
The garden ( also known as the Deaf School Park) is inspired by the post-Impressionist painter, Georges Seurat’s painting titled “A Sunday On The Island Of La Grande Jatte.” It was conceived in 1989 by the local artist, James T. Mason who teaches sculpture at the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Cultural Arts Center. The topiaries include 54 human figures, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey, a cat and a real pond with topiary boats. From French citizens strolling in top hats and parasols right down to the little dogs scampering across the grass. Even the monkey makes it in. It took the pair — Jim Mason, a sculptor, and his wife Elaine, a topiarist, both also parks department employees — four years to make their vision a reality.
The Topiary Garden is not only unique to Columbus, but unique to the world. As far as we know, this is the only landscape painting translated directly into the literal landscape. Topiary is an art form, that when pulled off correctly, can be mesmerizing and playful…. and this place is definitely both (especially during summer). Access to the park is free and the small museum tour is open select hours a few days a week from April through December. The garden is also home to free weekday concerts as part of the city’s’ Music in the Air series in July and August.
Located directly behind the main Library at 480 E Town St Columbus, OH 43215