Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio Brings Fine Art to Life

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Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is one of the most unique parks you will ever visit, bringing a famous painting to life in topiary form!

I consider Topiary Park to be one of Columbus’ most precious hidden gems! Unless you hear about it from someone else, you might not even know it exists! But once you find it, you will realize you are seeing a work of art that is a masterpiece!

What is Topiary Park?

Topiary Park is one of the most unique parks in Columbus. The park is a plant-based recreation of the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. While the original painting  hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, you can visit a larger than life creation in downtown Columbus!

plant topiaries in Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio.

There’s is truly nothing else like Topiary Park in Columbus!

stone path through Topiary Park.

Where is Topiary Park in Columbus?

Topiary Park is just east of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library and can be found at the corner of E. Town Street and S. Washington Avenue in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio.

The park is adjacent to the library which is a gem in itself! Heading out the back door of the library and into the park is the perfect ending to your visit to the library!

umbrellas on the patio of the Main Library.

Or, if you visit the park first, head inside to the library and grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at Carnegie Cafe just inside! Besides the tables in the courtyard behind the library, there are benches to sit on throughout the park and picnic tables for having lunch or a snack.

What is there to See And Do in Topiary Park?

Topiary Park (also known as Old Deaf School Park) includes hand sculpted topiaries of people, animals and boats.

Deaf School Park sign in Topiary Park.

The area has been a park since the 1800’s but the topiary part of the park was sculpted in 1989 by James and Elaine Mason, Columbus residents.

boy running through Topiary Park.

Seeing these topiaries in person is a really cool experience! It’s just one of the most unique things to walk amongst these larger than life-sized creatures!

plant sculptures in Topiary Park.

The topiaries take up just a fraction of the park on the east side. The rest of the park has paved paths for walking and is very stroller friendly. There is a circular path to walk within the park as well as off-shoots of the path that lead out of the park on the west side.

As He Saw It

a metal engraving of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte from the point of view of Seurat.

Don’t miss “As He Saw It” which shows the view of the park from the scene as painted by Seurat. The hills and the pond in the park are meant to resemble the River Seine. 

boy looking at Topiary Park.

My kids had fun finding things from the painting in the sculptures!

Sculptures of people and a dog in Topiary Park.

Concerts and Events

The park is home to PB&J Jazz concerts for children which take place in the summer months. Often the park also hosts outdoor movies in the summer and other special events and it is decorated with lights during the holidays!

Tips for Visiting Topiary Park

When is Topiary Park Open?

The park is open from dawn to dusk and is in full bloom from April to November.

Topiary Park in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Where to Enter Topiary Park

There are a couple of entrances to the park with the gatehouse at the southeast corner being the main entrance. I find it easiest to enter through the Main Library. But if the library is closed, you can park on the street and enter through the gatehouse on S. Washington Ave. near Franklin Avenue.

sculptures of people sitting in Topiary Park in Columbus, Ohio.

Where to Park when Visiting

The easiest access to the park is through Main Library and parking is available in the library parking lot for less than $.50/hour. The parking garage is only available when the library is open. There is also metered parking available on the surrounding streets. The park itself is public and free to visit! 

water scene in Topiary Park.

More Parks to Visit in Columbus:

You will not regret a visit to Topiary Park, especially during the months when it is in full bloom! If you’re visiting Columbus, check out Over 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio! Enjoy your visit!

two boys standing by the water in Topiary Park.

 

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