|This tranquil section of Central Park was named after one of Lennon's
favorite songs, "Strawberry Fields Forever." Recorded in 1966, the
song's title comes from an orphanage in Liverpool, England where Lennon
used to go to play with the children. His aunt, who raised him,
disapproved but he insisted it was, "nothing to get hung about." Hence,
the song's famous lyric.|
Strawberry Fields was officially dedicated on October 9, 1985, the 45th anniversary of Lennon's birth. Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono Lennon, worked with landscape architect Bruce Kelly and Central Park Conservancy to create a meditative spot. The black-and-white mosaic was created by Italian craftsmen and given as a gift by the city of Naples. Based on a Greco-Roman design, it bears the word of another of Lennon's songs: Imagine. A designated Quiet Zone in the Park, the memorial is shaded by stately American elms and lined with benches. In the warmer months, flowers bloom all around the area. Along the path near the mosaic, you'll find a bronze plaque that lists the 121 countries that endorse Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace.
|Alice and her cast of storybook friends found their way to Central
Park in 1959, when philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this
bronze statue as a gift to the children of New York City. Inspired by
the zany characters of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland,
the sculpture was also meant as a tribute to his late wife, Margarita,
who read Alice to their children. Engraved around the statue are lines
from his nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky.|
The sculpture is a favorite among children, who love to climb atop it and explore its varied textures and hiding spaces. Through the years, thousands of tiny hands have literally polished parts of its patina surface smooth.
Created by the Spanish-born American sculptor José de Creeft, the piece depicts Alice holding court from her perch on the mushroom. The host of the story's tea party is the Mad Hatter, a caricature of George Delacorte. The White Rabbit is depicted holding his pocket watch, and a timid dormouse nibbles a treat at Alice's feet.
|Horse-drawn carriages are a unique and historical way to experience the beauty of Central Park.|