In Cemeteries, Pathways on August 29, 2010 at 10:53 am
We need places in cemeteries for the living to enjoy in order to help transform the places where our dead lie.
We have to invite people into our transformed cemeteries…
- West Village Park, Celebration, FL
- Shin-zaka Park, Tokyo
- Pathway in a pocket park
We have to welcome them….
- Henry C. Beck Park, Dallas
And we need to make them comfortable…
- A pocket park in Detroit
Sidney Bestoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans City Park: there is alot of sculpture already in our cemeteries...let's find ways to enjoy it more.
It’s very simple: please, come in and make yourself comfortable and enjoy yourself. Offer your guests a chair, a place to rest and to perhaps contemplate.
In Cemeteries, Pathways on August 7, 2010 at 11:03 am
Via Appia, Rome
These places where our dead are need to engage us. They can be completely enticing, like the Via Appia here – you’re naturally drawn to stroll down this ancient road that was lined with mausoleums and tombs. It beckons.
A garden pathway
These pathways lead you forward and through. And hopefully through beautiful gardened landscapes of plantings, and through memories and thoughts not only of any loved one buried, interred, or scattered here, but thoughts of the rest of humanity here. And mortality.
Cemeteries have to be places for people – or else people aren’t going to be engaged and aren’t going to visit them or experience them.
To be inviting to the living, cemeteries need to be vibrant, peaceful, and most of all, on a living and human scale.