By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield’s Kingwood Center Gardens is not just a horticultural paradise but also a living museum of art. The garden’s Statues and Fountains Tour, scheduled for August 31 from 5:30 pm to 6:45 PM, offers a unique opportunity to explore this open-air gallery.

For a modest fee of $8 for members and $10 for non-members, attendees can immerse themselves in the rich history and artistic grandeur that the gardens have to offer.

The Oldest Sentinels: Shepherd and Shepherdess

As you ascend the steps leading to the main home within the gardens, you are greeted by a male and female statue, known as the shepherd and shepherdess. These statues are considered to be the oldest in Kingwood and were carefully chosen by Clarence Mack, the architect behind the property’s French Provincial and European aesthetic. They serve as silent guardians, embodying the timeless elegance that Kingwood aims to preserve.

The Walk of Discovery

The tour is  a full walking program that covers a majority of the grounds. This is a chance to not only admire the 12 original statues and fountains but also to understand the stories they tell and the eras they represent. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, as the terrain can vary. The tour promises a blend of education and inspiration, making it a perfect outing for art enthusiasts, history buffs, and nature lovers alike.

How to Be a Part of This Experience

Interested parties can register online here through the Kingwood Center Gardens’ official website. Members are advised to sign in to avail themselves of the discounted price. For further inquiries, you can contact them at 419.522.0211.

Thought-Provoking Insights

  1. The Role of Art in Public Spaces: How do statues and fountains enhance the experience of a public garden?
  2. Historical Context: What do the oldest statues at Kingwood tell us about the era in which they were created?
  3. The Intersection of Nature and Art: How does the natural setting of Kingwood Center Gardens complement its artistic installations?

So, mark your calendars for August 31 and prepare to embark on a journey that promises to be as enlightening as it is beautiful. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the Statues and Fountains Tour at Kingwood Center Gardens is an experience you won’t want to miss.

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