Monday, October 14, 2013

Unexpected Louisville: Part 1

On our Chattanooga road trip, we stopped for a day in Louisville, Kentucky. As a young child, I spent some time living in Kentucky, but I haven't really been back since then. We were pleasantly surprised to discover Louisville, a hip, healthy city. 

Our timing was unexpectedly excellent; we visited Louisville on Park(ing) Day, an annual global event where ordinary metered parking spots are temporarily transformed into tiny parks and urban green spaces. Park(ing) day, begun in 2005 in San Francisco, aims to draw attention to the need for more public urban space and to generate discussion about how public spaces are created and allocated. 

For Louisville's Park(ing) Day, many local businesses transformed a metered spot near their establishment into an outdoor office, park, or art installation. The Louisville Visual Art Association served up coffee and conversation in their unique parking spot. Coffee was free, and visitors could have a seat in comfortable chairs and choose a subject from the conversation "menu" to chat about. 

We choose the Parks and Recreation topic, but mainly ended up chatting with this sweet gal about her cool city. 

Our next stop was this parking spot, hosted by the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. They organized a yarn bombing of ordinary objects, sourced from second-hand stores. 

We were more than happy to grab some yarn and play! Dave's contribution was this dollar bill, which he threaded onto the bike's handlebars. 

Park(ing) Day was this chair's second yarn bombing, so it had layers and layers of rainbow colors. 

This guy was creating color twists with two different yarns. 

We chatted with this lovely gal, who was representing the Louisville Museum of Art and Craft, about yarn bombings, and watched as people got creative with the Park(ing) Day project. 

As we continued to walk through downtown Louisville, we came across this giant statue of David. 

We stopped to say hello to this friendly keeper of the park bench. 

This is the preserved facade of the historic Heigold House mansion, built in 1853. 

This was the most famous of the upper-income homes built in The Pointe neighborhood by wealthy New Orleans transplants to the Louisville area. 

Many of the engravings are of early American leaders. 

Unfortunately, this is all that remains of the historic homes in The Pointe neighborhood, but at least this has been preserved. 

Some more interesting building facades found downtown. I'm not sure of the story behind these. 

Coming up next will be our visit to Louisville's Waterfront Park! 


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