The Fountain Revisited
Last week I featured “The Fountain,” a portrait of Marietta Square’s famous cast iron fountain. I talked about the fountain’s origins and about how the park’s beauty inspired me to create such a vibrant and moving piece. This week I want to talk about my personal connection with the fountain, the park it stands in, and what it means to me.
Being a long time Marietta resident, I’m no stranger to the impact Glover Park has had on the community. For years it’s been a gathering place where people could come together and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer. Many couples have been proposed to and wed there. Teenagers have stood in full prom regalia for pictures to commemorate their coming of age. Children have played there weaving in and out of the train engine playground, while concerts and festivals have taken place on the grounds’ central stage, and countless visitors have thrown coins into the fountain’s cool waters with the hope of seeing their dreams come true.
I myself have spent a good amount of time at the Marietta Square. My paintings hung on the walls and in the window sills of 2 Rules Fine Art Gallery up until it’s unfortunate closing. I painted there. I ate at the restaurants. I’ve shopped there. I went there with my family just to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Just last summer I had the pleasure of working a talented photographer to take pictures for my musical aspirations. For those of you who don’t know, I work diligently to push my music career as Stanford Lee, and as a musician I wanted to take advantage of the location’s southern charm to propel my image as a country western artist. We spent the day at the park playing music on the benches, in the gazebo, around the square, and of course by the famous Glover Park fountain. It’s a day I look back on fondly and I dream of the day I can do that again.
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