Dr. Seuss is a national treasure and the go-to author when you are looking for outstanding children’s literature.
You can see a clear representation of how much America loves the creator of The Cat in The Hat right in his hometown of Springfield, MA where a National Memorial Sculpture Garden attracts and entertains adults and children alike.
Here are some of the fun things to do and see while you are there!
Dr. Seuss Memorial Garden Location
If you are a fan of Dr. Seuss’ heartwarming stories that also taught us precious moral lessons in our childhood years you will love a visit to the sculpture garden dedicated to the author located at the Quadrangle in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The location of the monument has not been chosen randomly. It is located in the neighborhood where Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel by his birth name, lived in his childhood and early youth. Here, he used to stroll and play out his days while accompanying his father to and from work.
His father, Theodor Robert Geisel was a parks commissioner and was in charge of the Forest Park Zoo. Many of the buildings and streets around the area appear in Dr. Seuss’ stories or at least can be identified as starting points of inspiration.
How the Sculpture Garden came to be
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, MA started as an initiative of the local authorities and Dr. Seuss’ widow Audrey Stone Dimond in 1991. The monument received funding from both private and public sources, and it cost $6.2 million to erect.
The entire ensemble of sculptures is the work of the Stephen Stimson Associates landscape architectural company. Among the political supporters that publicly supported the initiative were Senator Ed Kennedy and Congressman Richard Neal.
The memorial dedicated to Dr. Seuss followed another public celebration of the author that happened in 1986. Back then, a group of Springfield School Volunteers organized a five-month-long organized a public display of affection for his work with the occasion of Springfield’s 350th anniversary. The 82-year old writer had the pleasure to attend the festivities and talk about his famous characters with the children in the attendance.
The Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculptures
The Sculpture Garden hosts bronze representations of some of Dr. Seuss most popular and easily recognizable characters.
The crown jewel has to be the 14-foot display of Horton the Elephant surrounded by the famous Thing One and Thing Two, Sam-I-Am, Sally and her brother and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. The Lorax and Yertle the Turtle are also part of this spectacular ensemble that attracts thousands of visitors every day.
Another interesting piece is the 10-foot book with a chair in front of it where visitors can sit and take pictures.
Dr. Seuss makes a special and heartwarming appearance together with the Cat in the Hat in a reminiscing sculpture of him developing his most notorious character. This part of the garden was designed and executed by none other than his stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates.