Monday, March 1, 2010

Three Cities, Three Parks, and Venn Diagrams

While in Peru this last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Parque Del Amor (Love Park). This park is located in the Miraflores area of Lima right on the ocean. It was designed with a focus on a central sculpture and had a winding, tile-covered bench around the edge. I couldn't help but think of two other parks that I've been to that had similarities. Here's an overview shot of Parque Del Amor:

If you notice in the photo above, there's a huge sculpture of a couple making out. You can question the artistic value but it is the focus. In center city Philadelphia, there is a place called JFK Plaza, which locals call Love Park. Here's a photo of JFK Plaza I took a few years ago on my brother's wedding day:

You can see the world-famous LOVE sculpture and the reason for the commonly-used Love Park name. Now, as I mentioned, the Parque Del Amor has a winding, tile-covered bench that was designed in the style of the one at Gaudi's Park Guell in Barcelona. Here's a shot of the bench in Lima:

...and the one in Barcelona that wraps around the edge of the plaza (sorry about the odd angle-it's the best overview shot I have):

I found it interesting how these three parks all had common, overlapping features. Leave it to the engineer in me to view the common love theme in terms of a Venn Diagram.

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