What is it? A cozy underutilized corner of the Springfield Museums’ Dr Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden.
*The memorial links visitors and residents to the city’s rich history and its legacy of being home to significant people… like Theodore Geisel.
*Everything from the tower of turtles to the pond to the vegetation surrounding both of them is true to the whimsical nature of Dr Seuss’s work.
*The hard-scape of the plaza is very different from the rest of the memorial and is more open to the sky.
*This corner is much more intimate than the main portion of the memorial and is wonderfully defined by different perspectives of two of the Quadrangle’s most prominent buildings and really the most beautiful elevation of the Kilroy House visible from within the museums’ grounds. The beautiful if controversial fence completes this outdoor room.
*By not opening both gates completely any visitor feels almost trapped within the courtyard.
*Not having water in what is obviously meant to be a pond looks ridiculous and only compounds the difficulty of getting visitors to enjoy this beautiful corner of the memorial in the scorching summer months.
What to do?
*Have both gates open completely while any of the gates are open. The ability to enter through one gate and exit to another will encourage people to sit and take in the view for a moment as they continue on their way up or down Chestnut Street as well, what people want in a public plaza is people. Giving more people more reasons to stop and sit or pass through will bring even more visitors.
*The insurance liability costs of having standing water were the reason given for not completing the “Yertle the Turtle” FOUNTAIN (as it was to be called). A system of “mist-ers” set within and around the pond would not only bring the sculpture to life, but would make it “differently interactive” from the massive “Horton-Thidwick-Green Eggs and Ham” book-bridge and yet wouldn’t leave any standing water. Being judicious with the placement of the misting devices outside the pond would discourage encroachment by children upon the sculpture itself and would allow for those passing through to be able to do so without getting wet. The mist would create an attraction within the Quadrangle unique from all of the other wonderful spaces it contains.