Strawberry Fields: Central Park's Memorial to John Lennon

Strawberry Fields: Central Park's Memorial to John Lennon

by Sara Cedar Miller
     
 

Strawberry 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 Lennon's life and work. The year 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of its dedication, as well as what would have been Lennon's 70th birthday.

Overview

Strawberry 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 Lennon's life and work. The year 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of its dedication, as well as what would have been Lennon's 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 Yoko's 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Let me take you down, cause I'm going to…." Strawberry Fields, the international peace garden dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, is marking its 25th anniversary. To celebrate, Abrams is releasing this lovely and amazingly affordable memorial volume. Miller, historian and photographer for the Central Park Conservancy, offers a detailed account of how the garden came to be. At the time of Lennon's 1980 murder, Central Park was in a state of decay, and wife Yoko Ono's donation of $1 million to the fledgling Central Park Conservancy jump-started efforts to restore it, beginning with the creation of Strawberry Fields. A nice aside is a brief history of the nearby Dakota Apartments, where the Lennons lived. Buttressing the text are numerous color and monochrome pix that chronicle Central Park's history and Strawberry Fields' creation and, of course, include snapshots of Lennon and Ono. A portion of the book's proceeds go to maintain and manage the park. VERDICT This slim beauty is a perfect tribute to Lennon and the garden created in his memory and will be relished by his legions of fans worldwide. [See "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/11.]—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810997868
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Sara Cedar Miller has been the official historian and photographer of the Central Park Conservancy since the 1980s. She is the author of Abrams’ Central Park, An American Masterpiece and Seeing Central Park.

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