11.03.2009

Dragon Park


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The weather here in Tennessee was beautiful on Sunday. The boys and I decided to take advantage of the rain-free day and visit Dragon Park. The park, which gets it's nickname from a giant mosaic sea serpent, is rarely referred to by it's real name, Fannie Mae Dees Park.

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In an effort to keep things honest around here, I would like to confess that I didn't know the name either. I had to do a quick Google search of "dragon park nashville" to get the correct name.

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The sea serpent was created by Pedro Silva in 1980. His first work of this kind were the mosaic benches at Grant's Tomb in New York City. Silva's has created other large-scale mosaic sculptures in Chicago, Edinburgh, Scotland and various cities around the world.

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After the sculpture fell into disrepair, a group of neighborhood volunteers did a makeover in 1999, restoring the serpent to is original glory. The detail work is incredible. A person could literally spend hours looking at all the different designs and never see them all.

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The sculpture serves double-duty in the park, both as an amazing work of art and a playground for children. My boy loves nothing more than to scale the serpents slithering body. It is fun way for adults and children alike to spend the day.

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If you live in the Nashville area, or are just in town for a visit, head over to Dragon Park. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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