Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is a sculpture garden in Springfield, Massachusetts that honors Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. Located at the Quadrangle, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden honors the author and illustrator, who was born in Springfield in 1904. More than 3 million people have visited the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums since it opened in 2002. The sculpture garden celebrates Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, in the city in which he was born and raised. Following Geisel’s death in 1991, his wife, Audrey, authorized the Museums to create the memorial, and since that time, the sculpture garden has attracted crowds of Dr. Seuss fans to frolic alongside his beloved characters. Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel’s step-daughter, created the endearing bronze sculptures. A gallery devoted to the creation of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is located on the second floor of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, which opened fifteen years after the sculpture garden was installed. Don’t forget to check out this place in Springfield too.
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is a sculpture garden in Springfield, Massachusetts that honors Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. Located at the Quadrangle, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden honors the author and illustrator, who was born in Springfield in 1904. The monument was designed by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, the author’s stepdaughter and created by Sculptor and Artist Ron Henson. The sculpture garden features five large bronze statues: Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat: The title character of The Cat in the Hat standing alongside Dr. Seuss at his desk. The Storyteller: A chair placed in front of a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) book with the text of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, the title character from Gertrude McFuzz, and beside it, the Grinch and his dog, Max. Horton Court: Horton the Elephant from Horton Hears a Who! steps out of an open book accompanied by various ancillary characters from other Dr. Seuss stories, including Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat. The Lorax: The title character from The Lorax stands on a tree stump with the book’s refrain: Unless… This statue is located in front of the Springfield Science Museum, which features exhibits on global warming and environmental science. Yertle the Turtle: a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) tower of turtles, from Yertle the Turtle, which introduces visitors to the Quadrangle from the arch on Chestnut Street.
The much-loved author and illustrator Dr. Seuss was born here in Springfield in 1904. So this ensemble of five bronze sculptures, designed by his step-daughter, is an affectionate and fitting tribute to the man. The sculptures are placed in different spots around the Quadrangle: There’s a stack of Yertles reaching three metres in height marking the Chestnut Street entrance to the museum zone, and a stature of the Lorax in front of the Science Museum. Perhaps the highlight of all the pieces is the Cat in Hat, with this famous cat posing with Dr. Seuss who sits reflectively with one foot on his desk. If you are ever in need of a cabinet maker, click here.