Central Park, an American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park Hardcover – 28 Apr 2003
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There is more to Central Park than meets the eye or is seen at the movies: 843 acres of prime, green land in the middle of one of the most important cities of the world. And man-made too, the landscape sculpted by thousands of men over twenty years to create a haven in the midst of a bustling city. Originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, it has continued to evolve for 150 years and this superb book has been produced to celebrate this great piece of art, this American earthwork, in all its glory. Author and photographer Sara Cedar Miller, the official historian and photographer for the Central Park Conservancy, expertly leads the reader through its labyrinthine walkways, exploring the avenues, terraces, meadows and ravines, all beautifully encapsulated within her stunning photographs. Little known hideaways and gardens are revealed, accompanied by their history and examinations of their wildlife and flora. It is a marvel that this can survive in the midst of New York City and is a testament to the Conservancy of their care and management. Archival footage reveals the evolution of this great garden over the last century and a half and this work will no doubt become a valuable reference for future generations in its continuing development of this American masterpiece. - Lucy Watson
About the Author
Sara Cedar Miller has been the photographer for the Central Park Conservancy since 1984, and its official historian since 1989. Miller lectures extensively on the history of Central Park, serves as a park spokesperson on radio and television, conducts specialized tours, and has taught a popular course on the park at the New School in New York City. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book - as comprehensive an overview of the park as I've seen.Published 22 months ago by Alec Price
A brilliant beautifully crafted book that provides everything you need to know about Central Park with the added bonus of the beautiful photography.Published on 13 Oct. 2013 by Chrysler
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