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Columbus, Ohio's Discovery Park

The Discovery District encompasses the eastern half of downtown Columbus, extending from esteemed educational institutions to cherished landmarks. Home to some of the oldest buildings in Columbus and once a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War; this district is considered a cultural epicenter. Within this vibrant hub lies notable destinations, including CCAD, Blockfort, Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative, the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the hidden gem, Topiary Park. Tucked within the district's heart, Topiary Park combines creativity, history, and natural beauty, offering a captivating experience for visitors of all ages.

A LIVING ARTISTIC MASTERPIECE

Unveil the enchanting world of living sculptures at the Topiary Park, where art comes to life. In 1989, the idea of the topiary garden took shape under the creative hands of Columbus artist James T. Mason and his wife, Elaine. Inspired by the renowned post-impressionist painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte" by George Seurat, this park boasts 54 meticulously crafted topiaries. These artistic wonders, featuring figures of humans and animals, recreate the essence of the timeless masterpiece in a breathtaking three-dimensional form.

A RICH HERITAGE

Step into history as you explore Topiary Park. The land, first purchased in 1829 for the former Ohio School for the Deaf, the park holds a storied past. Once a place solely for education, it has transformed into a cherished sanctuary for both locals and visitors alike. As you wander through the park, take a moment to appreciate the seamless blend of art, nature, and heritage that surrounds you.

A TRANQUIL OASIS

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Topiary Park. Its nine acres of lush greenery, winding pathways, and open spaces provide the perfect setting for leisurely strolls and peaceful moments of reflection. Whether you're seeking a serene spot to unwind, a picturesque backdrop for photography, or a delightful picnic spot, Topiary Park has something to offer for everyone.