on 18 October 2008
London has Hyde Park, and Regents Park, both of which although impressive, were built for the upper classes of days gone by, for those with the money and the stature to be able to access the green lawns of south London.
Starting from the very beginning, this book guides you through at a clinically forenisic, but wholly engrossing and digestable, story of New York's Central Park. Every detail that went into the parks construction is covered in some way - even the engravings on the park steps, which were designed to represent the four seasons, are carefully explained and pictorally represented over ten pages in a level of detail I have never encountered outside of academic literature.
The most unique characteristic of this fine book is the fact that it includes, but not in too much detail - a good thing of a art book, the politics behind the competition and political duelling that went on behind the engineering work at the time. Another gem to add to the list.
The pictures that populate the pages of this book are truly awesome. It's not a 'wordy' book as the author wants to draw you in with pictures, but again it is not a photo album - The bias towards pictures is what, for me inparticular, makes it a great read (or should that be 'look'), and worthwhile purchase.
Central Park reigns supreme as the world's greatest urban park and by a very long way. To find, explore, relax in and experience the verdant exuberances of this large island of calm and serenity surrounded by towering edifices, cacophonous noises, and maddening milling humanity is truly wonderous.
The author, a photographer and official historian for The Central Park Conservancy has produced a captivating story of this green miracle complemented by her photographs, and original plans and drawings.
If you cannot get to visit Central Park, and everyone should try if humanly and economically possible, then this publication is next best.
on 19 February 2010
Sara Cedar Miller's book is a comprehensive guide to the park, it's history, it's development and it's place in the American psyche today. Written with authority and illustrated throughout with excellent photography, including historic images of the construction of the park and early plans for the layout.
You will learn something about this much loved international icon from this book.