Strawberry Fields: Central Parks Memorial to John Lennon by Sara Cedar MillerStrawberry Fields is one of the most visited spots in Central Park and one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. This keepsake volume is a celebration of the 2.5-acre teardrop-shaped living memorial to John Lennons life and work. The year 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of its dedication, as well as what would have been Lennons 70th birthday. Located in the park directly across the street from the Dakota, the building where John and Yoko lived for several years before his untimely death, Strawberry Fields was originally conceived as a peace garden. Yoko invited the entire world to donate trees, shrubs, and stones to fill this parcel of land, and today, the garden flourishes with contributions from 121 countries.
A rich and lively patchwork of text and imagery will tell the story of John and Yokos love affair with the park and of the creation of this unique corner of the park through an unprecedented collaborative effort between Yoko Ono, the Central Park Conservancy, and city officials.
The story behind John Lennon’s Strawberry Fields in New York
Fans of the late rock star John Lennon, a member of the iconic British band The Beatles , are gathering in New York City to celebrate what would have been his 70th birthday. Lennon was shot and killed in outside his New York apartment. Thousands of people are marking his birthday in Central Park's Strawberry Fields, an area designated to honor the musician. The memorial to the slain rock star and peace activist is named after the Beatles' song Strawberry Fields Forever. A plaque there lists more than countries that have endorsed Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace. To mark Lennon's 70th birthday, all of his solo albums are being re-released.
On the day when the Liverpool Lad would have become a septuagenarian, thousands of fans from around the world gathered to remember the floppy-haired British superstar who just wanted to give peace a chance. Fans began arriving on Friday, spilling onto the sidewalk of Central Park West, where Lennon and wife Yoko Ono lived in the famed Dakota building for nine years. He was shot to death by a deranged gunman as he came home on the evening of Dec. This year, the memorial to the slain ex-Beatle and peace activist includes a mosaic donated by the city of Naples, Italy. A plaque lists countries that endorse Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace. The 2.
Strawberry Fields is a 2. The song itself is named for the former Strawberry Field children's home in Liverpool , England , located near Lennon's childhood home. The memorial is a triangular piece of land falling away on the two sides of the park, and its focal point is a circular pathway mosaic of inlaid stones, with a single word, the title of Lennon's famous song " Imagine ". The mosaic, in the style of Portuguese pavement , was designed by a team of artists from Naples, Italy. A "floral border" surrounds Strawberry Fields.
Located across the street from the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived with Yoko Ono, Strawberry Fields encompasses the pathways in Central Park that John and Yoko used to stroll together over the years from until Lennon was gunned down in front of the building in While most people think of the Imagine mosaic section as the major part of Strawberry Fields, there are actually 5. In August , Ono placed letters in the New York Times and many other newspapers asking for donations from other countries to create this peace garden. Many countries sent native plants; for example, an oak tree from Great Britain, dogwoods from Monaco, tulip bulbs from the Netherlands, maples from Canada, etc. And, of course, strawberries were planted by the Central Park Conservancy.