Yesterday we went from #9 through #14 so today I'll start, strangely enough, with #6 which is a beautiful bower honoring Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who worked to advance care for women and Children. She also founded the world's(!) first four-year medical college for women. Go, Elizabeth!!!
And below is just a building, but I loved the ornate decorative moldings on it...
The plaque below honors O.Henry. The bronze items symbolize the theme of his "Gift of the Magi" story which I read as a young person and just loved. It is the braid of hair the young wife cut off in order to pay for the the watch chain she gave him and he had sold the watch to pay for a beautiful hair comb for her.
Below is #3, "Stepping Out" which "recalls the theaters and Grand Opera House that once made Patton Avenue the center of commerce and culture". Makes me start humming "Steppin' Out With My Lady"...
I love these pigs! This display is #2 - "Crossroads" which illustrates the 1827 Buncombe Turnpike used by travelers, native Americans, and drovers with their pigs and turkeys (and cows - how come they don't have a bronze cow??) And if there is a #1 (which there is on the map) all I can assume is that it's Pack Square itself.
And the plaque below is #1 "Walk Into History" which we have now done in reverse from #14 through #1.
Oh, and below is another non-Trail building that I just loved. I think it was Asheville's first skyscraper
Below is #15 - "Marketplace" which ties in with the fact that this area once "housed produce markets and livery stables".
Another building with artwork that I enjoyed. I like how they tied the actual window and door into the street-side scene.
This next one, #16-"Legacy of Design" was so strange that I wasn't sure it was really what I was looking for. But the map said "a bench and a visionary young boy" so I guess it is. However, the visionary young boy to looked so much like Ronald McDonald that I was a little puzzled. Also, for a "boy" he was very big. But...artistic license, I guess.
Now we move on to "The Time of Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938). The photo below is of a metal sculpture which "merges the skyline of today with the early buildings of this era". There's no way you can figure out from the photo what they're talking about because it's all see through and so you're seeing bits of the sculpture and things behind it.
And here, in a very poor photo, is a bronze replica of his shoes (#19) which is in front of his mother's boarding house and where he spent a good amount of his young years.
And here is a horrible picture but I put it in anyway because I think this is a copper roof in the process of achieving a patina. The top was quite green and encroaching on the orange-ish bottom of the dome.
A glorious tree...
The little girl below is #26 (I tried but could never find #'s 23, 24, and 25). #26 is sweet with the little girl and a replica of an actual horsehead fountain on a gas lamp post that once stood near here.
Below is #28 - "Brick Artisan" which recognizes African-American craftsman James Vester Miller, chief mason for the Municipal Building (1925) across the street. I had to look hard for a cornucopia and suddenly noticed the two above this doorway. They're in the side of the very long brick building which follows this picture.
And this very large and not-too-visible even in person wall sculpture commemorates the historic African-American community and business center. The figures and buildings etched into the metal represent "the collective memories of former residents who recall the days when Eagle Street was a place to shop, go to a doctor, or meet friends after school.
I also had to look real hard to see #30 (finally!) and it doesn't show up well in the photo either but it was kind of odd to plant a bushy tree right next to it. The eagle "overlooks an early hotel district and is similar to an ornamental one that stood as high as the second gallery of the Eagle Hotel...
And I'm pretty sure this is the Asheville city hall. The map explains that the granite etching I couldn't find showed Douglas Ellington's "original architectural concept of a pair of complementing city-county buildings. The county decided to construct its building in the more formal Federalist style, but the city's building was Ellington's art deco design..." And of the two (the county building is what you see a bit of on the left), the city building wins the attractive award hands down, IMHO.
And finally walking back to the garage I came across this tricycle covered in knitted/chrocheted patches. It is parked outside a yarn store!
So that was Wednesday in Asheville. I got to my car, climbed in, and headed home. And I just realized I never mentioned my birthday at Bouchon Restaurant and won't tell about it now - I'm worn out from doing the trail again! :) Suffice it to say, it was wonderful in every way.