We "hopped off" or tour trolley at Pack Square Park, a 6.5-acre park in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC. We began our walking tour of the park in front of the Asheville Art Museum.
"Artist Robert Gursky and co-worker John Ransmeier installed the sculptures, a mother pig and piglet, as well as a mother turkey and poult. Their tracks are seen in the concrete base representing the Buncombe Turnpike the route for drovers from Tennessee taking their turkeys, pigs and cattle to southern markets."
"Asheville's little girl in bronze (Childhood) drinks at a replica of a horsehead fountain on a gas lamp post that once stood on the square."
And then we came upon one of the more interesting sculptures we've encountered on our travels. I hope the next three photos give some idea of its uniqueness.
"The tongue-in-cheek title of this railing suggests a bit about the nature of Asheville and its inhabitants and how people are drawn to Asheville both historically and in the present."
"This ornate building is perhaps the most beloved skyscraper in Downtown Asheville. The 13-story Neo-Gothic style skyscraper was designed by Ronald Greene and was completed in 1924.
"Real estate developer L. B. Jackson commissioned the Neo-Gothic style skyscraper to promote his faith in the continued strength of the 1920s local real estate market.
But an event that took place in this park in 1943 was one for the ages.
Asheville native Robert Morgan and his crew and his now famous B-17, which he named the Memphis Belle became the first to successfully complete 25 bombing missions in World War II. The Army Air Corps brought crowd-pleasing Morgan and his Memphis Belle home to inspire the American public and to raise money for war bonds. During his 1943 nationwide tour, Morgan visited 31 cities, lifting the spirits of Americans across the country with parades and programs honoring his accomplishment. One of his stops was in Asheville,
Nonetheless, when Morgan piloted Belle to an event in his hometown of Asheville, N.C., he brought the big bomber in low, barely skimming the roofs of downtown buildings and seemingly aiming for the city hall and courthouse.
The two buildings were 50 feet apart.
The B-17's wingspan was 103 feet.
With the buildings dead ahead, Morgan lowered his left wing in a 60 degree bank and flew vertically between the structures.
Needless to say, the attendance at the next cities was quite enthusiastic.
Quoted material is from Urban Trail & Public Art Walking Tour brochure and asheville.com/news/bobmorgan