Friday, November 28, 2008

JFK Memorial in the Treasury Gardens

Apologies once again for my absence, I hope to be back at least three times a week.

I had a break from my desk on Wednesday and walked through the Treasury Gardens and took some photos of the JFK memorial. It has always intrigued that it is there at all.

The memorial itself is by Raymond B. Ewers who apparently designed quite a few memorials.
More here and here.

The rest of the design is seemingly by an anonymous parks and gardens superintendent, though previously there was a Japanese garden by William Guilfoyle, better known for his design of the Royal Botanic Gardens. ome early images from the State Library collection.

It originally had water in it but has succumbed to the drought, but the plantings of grasses have been filled out to compensate and it is now a rather beautiful place to sit on a hot day. The Treasury Place and Edcuation Department buildings provide some nice borrowed landscape behind.

Some more images by the photographer Wolfgang Sievers of the monument shortly after its contruction.

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