"Strawberry Fields" Central Park - Strawberry Fields Tip by nicolaitan

Strawberry Fields is a 2.5 acre grassy knoll dedicated as a memorial to a famous singer, composer, and political activist shot dead on this site in December 1980. Located across from the famed Dakota building where he lived, the spot was frequently visited by Lennon and his family. The name Strawberry Fields recalls a song of the same name written and performed by Lennon while a member of a well-known 1960's musical group named The Beatles. His widow, a Japanese performer and conceptual artist, Yoko Ono, contributed $500000 to renovate the area and also established a maintenance endowment.
The area is centered at the junction of three small asphalt paths where a mosaic donated by the city of Naples contains the word Imagine, from another of his famous songs. It is a reproduction of a Pompeii mosaic. Along one path is a bronze containing the names of 121 nations which contributed endorsed the memorial as a Garden of Peace. Over 140 nations contributed plantings to the landscape. The site opened on Oct 9 1985 on what would have been Lennon's 45th birthday and since then an annual memorial draws thousands to this peaceful knoll. Daily remembrances, as seen on the accompanying images, include flowers candles and other memorabilia.

Address: Strawberry Fields, New York, NY 10023
Directions: Mid-Park. Near The Lake
Phone: (212) 310-6600
Website: http://www.centralpark.org/

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  • Written May 5, 2007
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