Visitors to Mellon Park's exquisite Walled Garden will now be greeted by four grand urns that harken back to the original design of the garden.
Newly installed, these hefty urns (800 pounds each!) were carefully crafted by Reneski Replications of Etna. The inspiration? A classic black-and-white photo taken in Mellon Park.
Artist Brian Reneski created molds for the new urns based simply on these vintage photos. The return of these elegant urns is a piece of a larger Walled Garden restoration, including such projects as the fiber optic "stars" installed in the lawn of the garden that honors the life of Ann Katharine Seamans. Other projects have included renewed garden plantings, repaired infrastructure, and added seating.
Stop by the Walled Garden soon to see these impressive new additions to this timeless garden space.
These urns were made possible through the generosity of Elizabeth and Joe Seamans who made the leadership gift to restore the Walled Garden in memory of their daughter Ann in 2009. They continue to be deeply invested in the maintenance and continued restoration of this incredible space.