Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Holland’s New Wizard of Oz Exhibit
Author L. Frank Baum spent summers in Holland’s Macatawa Park near Lake Michigan. The well-known author is said to have been inspired to write his best known work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, while in Holland. A new outdoor exhibit at Centennial Park in downtown Holland honors the author’s work, and when finished will feature sculptures, flowers, a yellow brick road, and more. Updates on current progress and opportunities to get involved in the project can be found at https://hollandozproject.com.
We recently visited Centennial Park to check out the early summer progress on this ambitious project. Already in place is a 10 foot by 12 foot “floral living mosaic book.” The plants used in this book as well as the nearby gardens will continue to grow throughout the summer, so each time you visit it will look a little different. This new addition to a park best known for its annual displays of tulips seemed to already be catching the eyes of locals and visitors, as we saw close to 20 people stop to snap photos on their camera in the short time we were there.
The yellow brick road is also already in place. This path leads past the floral mosaic book, and continues across the S. River Ave./W. 12th St. intersection at the Herrick District Library (https://herrickdl.org/). In the coming months, the bricks on the yellow brick road will be replaced with ones featuring the names of those who have donated to help make this project possible. To find out more about purchasing a brick, visit https://hollandozproject.com/purchase-a-brick/.
In August, six life-size sculptures of characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be added alongside the yellow brick road that runs by the north side of the library building. As you can see from the photo above, construction is progressing and the foundations for the sculptures appear to already be in place. We can’t wait to return in August to see what this exhibit looks like when completed! The Holland Oz Project Facebook page will have all the details once a date is announced for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Next time you visit Holland, be sure to take a trip down the yellow brick road!