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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Strawberry Fields

In Central Park near the entrance at 72nd Street near the Dakota, John Lennon's former residence, is an beautiful wooded landscape area called Strawberry Fields. It was named after one of John's songs, Strawberry Fields Forever, in his honor (John was shot nearby his home in 1980) - the song's title, by the way, harkens back to John's youth, where he played in the trees behind a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Field. In 1985, Yoko Ono, donated 2.5 million to relandscape and maintain the area. The focal point is a large mosaic, a reproduction of a work from Pompeii, made as a gift by artisans from Naples, Italy. The only change was the center inscription, Imagine, the title of another of John's songs. It is typical to find the mosaic adorned with flowers, candles and other items, left by his fans. On the anniverary of his birth (October 9th) and death (December 8th), people typically gather in tribute at the site. There is also a bronze plaque, embedded in a stone outcropping, listing 121 countries endorsing the area as a garden of peace...

7 comments:

luggi said...

Not until I blew the picture up, did I see they were bagels!

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Brian said...

I found the bagels a bit unusual. Apparently many things besides those normally expected at a memorial site (such as flowers) are being left: apples, bananas, apples, acorns, musical instruments etc.
Brian

edwin s said...

...imagine, it's easy if you try...

but not many even begin to try. and the fingers start pointing.

erm, yeah, the bagels are a strange addition to articles of worship/memories

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