The Fantabulous 50s Weekend, Part 5: Schiller Park Intermezzo

Kedziora Suspension!

One of five statues (out of an original total of 23) from Jerzy Jotka Kedziora’s series “Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature and Culture”.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

In addition to our annual road trips, my wife Anne and I have a twice-yearly tradition of spending our respective birthdays together traveling to some new place or attraction as a short-term road trip — partly as an excuse to spend time together on those most wondrous days, partly to explore areas we’ve never experienced before. We’re the Goldens. It’s who we are and what we do.

I’ve just now lived to see 50, and after weeks of research and indecision, we planned an overnight journey to the next state over, to the capital city of Columbus, Ohio, which had cool stuff that this now-fiftysomething geek wanted to see. Columbus, then, would be the setting for our first outing together as quintagenarians…

From the Center of Science and Industry we took a short hop south to German Village, a historic neighborhood with quite a few small businesses clustered within. We did some shopping (more about that in a later entry) and some eating (ditto, but different later entry), but in between stops we decided to exercise our middle-aged-couple privilege to call time-out on all the jaunting and go enjoy some peace and quiet at the nearest park. Its grounds had a few modestly nifty sights to catch, so it wasn’t just us starting at grass and trying to remember the Good Old Days.

German Village dates back to the early 1800s and became an official historical district in 1960. German settlers continued pouring into the area throughout the 19th century, and in 1905 their city park was renamed Schiller Park after Friedrich Schiller. Though Anne and I were unfamiliar with him by name despite all our years of German class, Schiller was a playwright and poet whose best-known work is “Ode to Joy”, which was adapted into Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and is more famously known today as the end-credits theme from Die Hard. Schiller was also best friends with Goethe, with whom we are familiar.

Statues and other decorative fixtures heighten quality-of-life ambiance on the grounds and provided the perfect place to, in an extremely rare moment for us, find a bench and sit for a while doing nothing. It was a refreshing decompression after our hours-long heightened input stream at the COSI.

Schiller Park northeast!

Schiller Park’s northeast entrance, which we saw at the end of our walk.

Schiller Park west entrance!

The park’s west entrance leads to the Huntington Garden promenade, across the street from where we parked.

wire flamingo!

A wire flamingo lurks underneath the metal acrobats.

Schiller statue!

The park’s centerpiece is a statue of Schiller himself (1759-1805) placed on a pedestal, by Max von Widnmann. This is a second cast made in 1891 in Germany; the 1863 original stands in Munich.

Bride of Messina!

Quotes from Schiller’s plays line the sidewalks. From the 1803 faux Greek tragedy The Bride of Messina: “Everything new, even happiness, strikes terror.”

Mary Stuart quote!

“In the sanctuary of your heart with God, the words are not as important as faith.” From 1800’s Mary Stuart, about Mary, Queen of Scots.

Wallenstein quote!

“Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.” From his 1798-1799 Wallenstein trilogy, set during the Thirty Years’ War.

fountain!

In the southwest corner is a pond with a basic fountain, which is nice.

Kedziora Rower!

Also in the pond is another Kedziora figure,”The Rower”.

witch and wizard statues!

An island in the pond contains a tree and a pair of witch and wizard statues, or bell druids, or eclectic European raincoat models, or something.

We rested our weary feet and let the wind coddle us as the sun did its summertime thing on the blessedly low-temp side. As my way of transitioning back to our usual traveling reality, I pulled out my phone and made early dinner reservations nearby. When that time approached, we excused ourselves from idyllic, idealistic city life and resumed road-tripping, as we do.

To be continued! Other chapters in this very special MCC miniseries:

Part 1: The Merry Marvel Museum Menagerie
Part 2: Mighty Marvel Cinemania
Part 3: How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Part 4: COSI All Around
Part 6: Lichtenstein Pre-Pop
Part 7: All Around the CMA
Part 8: The Columbus Cuisine Collection
Part 9: Arts in Columbus
Part 10: Sir, This is a Wendy’s
Coda: Happy Birthday, Captain Janeway

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